At this year’s CES, Kopin Corporation announced a new generation of SOLOS Wearables Smart Glasses. This new edition builds on the original features for cyclists by expanding the ecosystem beyond cycling to empower performance support for runners. SOLOS also includes the most advanced Pupil display optics, which enable a ‘heads-up’ see-through experience with a larger eye box, enabling athletes to safely access their data in real-time. The latest smart glasses offer new audio features including voice control, phone calls, listening to music and group chat communication. Featuring a lightweight and elegant design, SOLOS provides the necessary tools in a seamless experience to enable cyclists, runners and triathletes to reach their full athletic potential.
SOLOS is compatible with Android Wear 2.0 and a variety of BLE and ANT+ compatible running and cycling sensors, to allow athletes to use Strava, Training Peaks and Under Armour during their rides and runs.
The new SOLOS Smart Glasses will be available in Q1 2018 for $499.
SOLOS also provides an advanced group chat communication feature, which allows multiple users to talk live with each other. Great for a group training with friends, the feature also allows coaches and athletes the ability to talk with each other during their performance, extending a coach’s capabilities even further, allowing them to provide guidance to slow down, speed up or reach the next heart rate zone.
“The first generation of SOLOS was designed with feedback from USA Cycling athletes, and so we used these insights along with those of an entire community of early adopter athletes, including runners, for our new generation that now encompasses both sports,” said Ernesto Martinez, program head for SOLOS. “As experienced athletes know, when you look down at your watch or bike computer, your form suffers; you slow down and this affects your finishing times. Add to this taking the time to scroll through features on your smart watch, bike computer or music device, and those seconds start to make the difference between an average performance or your personal best. SOLOS lets you stay focused on the road and on your performance.”
Hardware & User Experience Upgrades
A key design element of SOLOS is its advanced Vista screen display. Measuring just 4mm in height, the size of a human pupil, it enables see-through/see-around vision while casting a large enough virtual screen that features bright, high-resolution full color graphics. The screen cuts glare and provides athletes with a vibrant, sunlight readable image to maximize visual clarity and provide a safe experience.
The new generation of SOLOS offers over five hours of battery life, expanded horizontal and vertical adjustment of the display location for a customizable view, earbuds and audio projection speakers positioned at the temples to improve the overall audio experience. The optics’ patented technology provides a large virtual image, yet is so small that athletes can stay focused on the road ahead and simply glance at information as needed. Athletes can now command SOLOS using just their voice to bring relevant metrics into view, make phone calls or execute other functions.