Hitting the slopes? Zeal Optics’ Transcend, the world’s first GPS-enabled snow goggles, will point you in the right direction. Designed for skiers and snowboarders to track their performance (speed, altitude, temperature) in real time, the head-mounted display also includes light-adjusting lenses to keep your peepers in tip-top shape. One thing’s for sure, however; you don’t need high-tech goggles to tell you it’s friggin’ cold out there—right, Chicago?
Zeal Optics, an optics company based in Boulder, CO, partnered with Recon Instruments to design and produce the Transcend, which debuted last fall to much fanfare.
The goggles display your speed and position on an unobtrusive interface near the nose bridge.
Equipped with a vertical odometer, the goggles display your speed and position on an unobtrusive interface near the nose bridge. Buttons on the side allow you to toggle information or turn the device on and off. After your big day on the mountain, simply plug the goggles into your computer to superimpose your stats on a Google map for review (much like RunKeeper does for runners and cyclists).
To promote clarity, two lens options are available: a polarized lens that eliminates glare, as well as a photochromic version that self-adjusts to shifting light conditions. The latter’s all-in-one design makes multiple lenses unnecessary, saving not only manufacturing resources but also the hassle of fussing with different components.