Wednesday October 19th, 2016

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Luxottica Group and Intel announced the launch of the new smart eyewear Radar Pace, which features a real-time voice activated coaching system.

Combining Luxottica’s Oakley brand’s performance-centric design with Intel’s experience-driven technology, Radar Pace aims to deliver an innovative and personal training device for athletes.

Radar Pace, which was launched on and in select Oakley retail stores, creates dynamic and custom training programs, tracks performances, coaches in real-time and responds to questions asked by the user.

“Merging Oakley’s leading design and performance benefits with Intel’s technology, Radar Pace is a game changer in training and coaching,” Ryan Saylor, Vice President of Advanced Product Development at Oakley, said in a statement. “One of the biggest benefits is the accountability – the coach being there with the athletes to help get the most out of every workout.”

Radar Pace is made up of Oakley eyewear with integrated earbuds and microphone as well as a mobile app for iOS and Android. The app is available for free download from the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

With smart technology, the device collects and then analyzes the user’s performance data, such as power output, heart rate, speed and pace. It then gathers information and relays it to the athlete in real-time. This allows the athlete to receive actionable feedback that is easy to understand rather then pure data that the athlete would then have to process.

The coaching feature in this device can be compared to a human coach. It creates training regimens for all types of athletes and provides instructions and motivation based on performance.

Similar to a human coach, the eyewear holds athletes accountable to a structured program in attempts to transform how they track and understand their performances.

Athletes receive a lot of this information through the eyewear’s natural voice interaction, which is powered by Intel.

This allows users to ask Radar Pace questions and get immediate feedback to improve their performance.

Radar Pace also features Oakley Prizm, a lens technology that enhances details by providing ultra-precise color tuning which are designed for specific environments. The Prizm Road lens that is included in Radar Pace brightens whites and enhances yellows, greens and reds to make it so runners and cyclists notice subtle changes in the road texture, allowing them to spot hazards more easily.

“Through our collaboration, we have challenged each other to reinvent what is possible – each bringing our expertise to the office, lab, track or road,” Josh Walden, Intel’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of New Technology Group, said in a statement. “The end result is a powerful and innovative product that combines Intel technology and engineering expertise with Oakley’s sleep, lightweight design favorited by athletes around the world.”

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