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Keep your heads up, runners! App pairs Apple Watch with ‘smart’ glasses

French tech company MicroOLED is launching an augmented reality platform that brings Apple Watch data to smart glasses.

Do you like running a lot? Do you use an Apple Watch? And are you tired of wringing your neck just to watch your pulse and distance?

If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, then you are exactly the smart glasses customer MicroOLED is looking for.

The company is focused on bringing data from smart devices like phones and watches to “smart” glasses. He says he sees potential for the technology among long-distance drivers, industrial workplaces – and competitive sports.

This week, MicroOLED launched Light AR, an app connecting Apple Watches to the company’s watches ActiveLook Platform. While using state-of-the-art technology, the goal remains simple: allow Apple Watch users to view their data in real time without slowing down the pace.

The company’s AR platform connects to the Apple Watch via Bluetooth. It allows users to create up to three “dashboards” of data that appear on the smart glasses. This means athletes can bring performance metrics such as running pace, heart rate, and running power from their wrists to their goggles. (It should be noted that augmented reality for glasses is nothing new.)

But MicroOLED also works with the latest additions to Watch OS 9 Apple announced last weekwhich include stride length, ground contact time and vertical oscillation.

Light AR Platform Smart Glasses: Details

MicroOLED claims its ActiveLook platform provides a competitive advantage to endurance athletes like marathon runners and triathletes. Many of these athletes rely on real-time metrics when training. Placing this data in their line of sight allows them “seamless” access without changing focus, the company said.

“Apple Watch integration delivers the best ActiveLook experience for runners to date, from simplified setup to super intuitive use with the Apple Watch touchscreen combined with the gesture control feature of ActiveLook products,” said Eric Marcellin-Dibon, CEO of MicroOLED. “Competitive, data-driven runners will greatly benefit from this technology.”

You can download the ActiveLook app for free from the App Store, but consumers need ActiveLook-enabled glasses to use it. The company’s current partners include ENGO, Julboand Cosmos.

For example, ENGO’s latest smart glasses, ENGO 2, come with 12 hours of battery life and weigh 36g at standard size. Although the app is free, the glasses are not. A pair of ENGO 2 is $330 MSRP.

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