Recon Instruments has announced that Recon Jet, an advanced wearable computer for sports and outdoor recreational activities, will begin shipping this week.
Featuring a dual-core CPU, high-contrast display and point-of-view camera, Jet connects seamlessly to leading smartphones and wearable sensors, delivering contextually relevant information instantly, just below the user’s right eye.
“With Jet shipping today, we’ve achieved a huge milestone: delivering on an idea first conceived in 2008, when Recon was founded,” said Dan Eisenhardt, CEO of Recon Instruments.
“The product is about more than real-time data delivery. We’ve addressed the entire in-activity experience, coordinating performance metrics, smartphone connectivity, video and photo capture, social interactions, and instant content sharing in its design.”
Eisenhardt continues, “Jet’s feature set is built for running, cycling, and outdoor activities, both serious and recreational, with the goal of helping users not only perform better, but also find amazing motivation and enjoyment.”
Recon Jet’s comprehensive suite of on-board sensors, including GPS, delivers a full portfolio of performance metrics like speed, pace, distance, duration, vertical elevation gain, and more, while extra data points can be added by connecting wireless third-party devices. This allows users to access heart-rate and cadence metrics in real time.
During an activity, Jet allows the user to stay connected effortlessly to friends and family, displaying caller ID and text messages from a paired smartphone. Jet’s built-in point-of-view camera is instantly accessible to shoot short-form HD video and still images.
While Recon has developed its own Recon Engage web platform and mobile apps for iOS and Android, a user’s stats can also be uploaded easily to leading third-party data tracking services including Strava, Training Peaks, MapMyFitness, and others.
“For outdoor activities, Jet is the next revolution in driving workout enjoyment, motivation and performance,” said Eisenhardt. “In the 1980s and 1990s, the introduction of portable music via the Walkman, MP3 player, and iPod changed the game for many athletes, boosting motivation and making fitness fun again. Today, Jet delivers a level of instant data access, connectivity, and motivation that will raise that bar to another level.”
Jet is available for $879 in select specialty running, cycling, triathlon, and outdoor stores, online at Amazon.com, and at reconinstruments.com.