Heads up, Google, Glass is about to get some serious competition. Recon Instruments, a Canadian technology company known for athlete-focused heads-up display products, is looking to expand into general-purpose HUD technology. The company's prototype device - dubbed Jet - was officially unveiled today, and Recon Instruments hopes to release a retail product by the end of this year.

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At first glance, the Jet looks like little more than a pair of sunglasses with an attached LCD screen; you won't be mistaking Recon Instrument's HUD for Google's anytime soon. On closer inspection, though, the Jet has promise. Boasting a dual-core CPU, HD camera, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, ANT+ and a myriad of sensors, Recon Instrument's glasses look to account for every augmented reality scenario imaginable. In addition, perhaps cognizant of the competitiveness of the HUD market, the company's incorporated potentially differentiating features into Jet: an optical touch sensor for gloved operation, interchangeable lenses, and a Bluetooth remote.


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It's too early to tell if Recon Instrument's heads-up display will be a success, but the company's smartly betting on developers to get the ball rolling. The headset runs Android Jelly Bean, and Recon Instruments is releasing an SDK specifically aimed at HUD-optimized app design. An SDK is available now, but without any Jet-specific additions. The full-featured version should be released this summer, according to company representative we met at I/O.


[Recon Instruments, Press Release]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.breszkovics Danny365

    It looks a bit silly.

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

      I think it looks pretty good. It builds on the sporty/performance style of glasses, not stylish/classy one.

    • Dylan Patel

      Looks way better than glass.

    • Daveon Jackson

      I like this look more than google glass

  • solomonsright

    Bet that Google just buys the Company - Probably what Recon is hoping for anyway!

  • Thronnos

    It seems as if one wears glasses that you couldn't get this being as its built into those glasses. At least Google Glass looks more adaptable

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

      Interchangeable lenses though, so chances are you will be able to use prescription ones.

    • LewisSD

      thats what contacts are for

    • GraveUypo

      took me 30 seconds to get what you said there. pretty confusing sentence structure :O

    • JG

      I'd really like to see it be removeable. Just have it clip (or whatever) onto regular glasses. Then I could wear it get directions to the pool, and just pop it off before going into the locker room so I don't freak out the people changing, or have to fiddle around with switching lenses from one frame set to another or having to carry multiple glasses, etc... Or I could easily go from regular glasses to sunglasses, etc...

  • ChavaM

    These are fugly.

  • John Schroeder

    I still want to see someone integrate a HUD into my motorcycle helmet. A display of my next turn would be amazing.

  • Samuel Hart

    These do look a little douchey :/
    Nice idea, glad someone is working on the same sort of tech (we don't want google getting complacent), but bleck :/

  • Chris

    I'm surprised by the "ugly" comments, they seem much sportier/useable than google glass.

  • Кристијан Ристовски

    These look ridiculous compared to Glass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TromboneJuan Juan De La Rosa

    if google glass looked like this, then everyone would have laughed at google.

  • Dave

    Bluetooth remote is the killer app here, and I can't believe Google isn't pushing one with Glass. The ability to control and interact without reaching up or talking or gesturing is so key. Put the bluetooth remote on a watch, and call it a day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mc.grady.100 Mathieu Chimei

    I like the idea of making them look more like shades. But they look like the old school Oakley! I hate Oakley!

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    The problem is the screen placement. Up there like Glass is ok, few people have to actually be looking up all the time. But that thing hinders your visibility downwards! Seriously, I don't think that's practical or unobtrusive at all! You won't even see the banana peel before you fall and the glasses fall from your head and they break from the collision with the floor.

    • Freak4Dell

      That's what I was thinking. My initial thought was, "Oh, a sunglass version of Glass...sweet." Then I realized that if I tried to drive or walk with this thing on, I'd probably crash into something in about 5 seconds.

      • PhilNelwyn

        Well, there's already a sunglass version of Glass, not looking as sporty though.
        But yeah, not only does the HUD placement on this seem bad, but it's not transparent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/reg.joo.5 Reg Joo

    Smaller, smaller, thinner, thinner, then this,and glass will be on their way.

  • troph

    This is cool but a little "too much" for normal use. I don't think I'd wear it, too bulky looking, but competition is always a step in the right direction.

  • http://twitter.com/therosskeenan Ross Keenan

    Oakley Thumps?

  • Asphyx

    I say the first one to make a device that does this that can be clipped onto any glasses you want wins!

    I'm glad to see someone else break into this market. It should help speed things along provided Apple doesn't release the iEye and sue everyone in creation for infringing upon their proprietary patent on delivering a computer information via the Human Eye!

  • Sorian

    I will have to wait for both this and Glass to see which one I might use.

  • Slighter

    competition, I like it. 1st born hits college this fall, nuff said? gonna go replay some deus ex, cheers

  • adi19956

    Thank goodness there's some competition. I want the price of these things lowered

  • Chris B.

    They should make a complete helmet. With full hud. Could be red and yellow.

  • Matthew Fry

    So this is just a tiny screen? Not a projector? Meh.