Well, this is interesting.
The Recon Jet, produced by Recon Instruments is going on pre-order starting today, at $499. Designed for athletes, it is more serious incarnation of Google’s own Glass — think of it like this: Glass is for consumers, the Recon Jet is for serious-minded applications. While the regular production version will cost a full $599, the pre-order price is very attractive for those interested in the extensive reality that is wearable computing.
Specs include: a dual-core 1GHz processor, a dedicated graphics chip, Wi-Fi, built-in ANT+ for device communications, Bluetooth, GPS, an HD camera, along with a ton of sensors: an accelerometer, gyroscope, altimeter, magnetometer, and finally, a thermometer. The HD display, infrared gaze detection, a mic, and speakers round off the rest of the kit. Oh, and it comes in black or white.
Several of its main selling points include that first of all, it’s rugged and water-resistant (which is actually important), can be read in poor conditions, and doesn’t require WiFi or cellular connections in order to display social information, health monitoring, use of the camera, and has an optical touch sensor that can even be used with gloves on.
Better yet, it weighs 28 grams, which is less than full ounce! Recon Instruments has confirmed that it works like your typical HUD (heads-up display) and will also offer and SDK that will allow developers and major fitness companies who have signed on to develop apps for the Recon Jet — for example you could use them in tandem with your shoes, phone, or just alone, depending on the situation.
As for availability? Expect them to ship to the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Australia starting this December.