Recon Instruments, creators of wearable goggle technology powered by Android called MOD Live that we got so excited about at CES 2011, have officially announced the impending release of an SDK for Android, due for launch in May 2012. Recon also announced Polar, the first app made using the SDK, that connects a Polar WearLink+ heart rate monitor to MOD Live and allows the MOD display to become a "biometric reader that delivers an athlete's heart rate in real time while they ski or snowboard."

For those not in the know, the Polar WearLink+ transmitter is essentially a Bluetooth-enabled heart monitor that can send heart rate information to a variety of compatible applications (in this case, the new Polar app). Other apps already pre-installed on Recon's sophisticated MOD (Micro Optics Display) Live goggles give athletes a vast array of information, from GPS-based trail maps, to music playlists, vertical distance, speed, and more. In fact, Artem is testing a set of these MOD Live goggles this season... that is if it ever snows in Tahoe.

Polar 2 Polar 3 Polar 1

Intrepid developers who take on Recon's SDK for Android will be able to create applications using all of the advanced features of the MOD Live goggles, including Bluetooth; location, speed, and altitude registers; time, jump analytics, vertical drop, and distance; free fall detection; synchronized sensor polling; gravity, linear acceleration, and rotation vector. The company is already working with "strategic partners" to create new apps using the SDK.

MOD Live inside UVEX CMYK

If Recon's GPS-enabled goggles weren't awesome enough, a full SDK is sure to be icing on the cake, opening up a ton of possibilities, and giving the Android community one more device to tinker with.

Recon Instruments Announces SDK for GPS Enabled Ski Goggles and Compatibility with Polar Heart Rate Monitor at CES 2012

LAS VEGAS – January 10, 2012 – Recon Instruments, award winning innovator of Micro Optics Display (MOD)
technology for action sport athletes, is excited to announce a Software Development Kit (SDK) launch in May
2012 for the Android based MOD Live and compatibility with Polar WearLink®+ transmitter with Bluetooth®. 
The Android-powered MOD Live near eye device provides skiers and riders with a variety of instant information,
and application developers with a unique opportunity. The company is currently working with strategic partners
to develop apps for the MOD Live using a limited release SDK for Android.
Developers using the Android SDK will be able to take advantage of MOD Live  features like 2D graphics at up to
30 frames per second; Bluetooth connectivity; location, speed and altitude registers; skiing/snowboarding
statistical registers like time, jump analytics, vertical and distance; synchronized sensor polling; free fall
detection; and gravity, linear acceleration and rotation vector to create their application. 
“The Polar app is the first app created using the SDK for MOD Live,” said Darcy Hughes, Chief Marketing Officer
Recon Instruments.  “The app transforms our display into a biometric reader that delivers an athlete’s heart rate
in real time while they ski or snowboard.”  
The app allows the Polar WearLink®+ transmitter with Bluetooth® to communicate with the MOD Live via
Bluetooth.  The real time beats per minute (BPM) widget appears in the Recon Instruments’ dashboard app,
which also displays speed, temperature, and vertical on MOD Live’s virtual 14 inch display.  
The MOD Live currently ships with several industry first applications including: Jump, Buddy
Tracking, Smartphone Connectivity, a Navigation app pre-loaded with the largest database of trail maps in the
world,and Music Playlist Mode.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Scott

    This "heads up display" is more of a "heads down display". You can't look at it and watch where you're going at the same time.

    I was going to buy one, but I tried it at the store and was severely disappointed.

    • Kc

      This is more of a promise of whats to come. I'm stoked for the technological breakthroughs - A micro optics display covered in snow and water that works in a snowstorm 5000 ft up on a mountain?!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Indeed, I thought the same thing when I got them. A true HUD is what we need in the next generation - I know they're looking into it.

  • Kc

    This. Is. Epic.
    I'm. So. Excited!

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  • dan mcdonald

    I've got one, it's better that it's down so far at first I was bummed but after skiing you really don't want anything in your line of vision. the best part is the hill map and compass, when you turn your head the map turns too, you know exactly where the lifts are and how to get to which one.