Training like an athlete requires a lot of technology, or money, or both. Coaches aren't always available, or affordable, and wearables on the market can count your steps or time spent on the elliptical, but not much else. If you're serious about hitting your goals — be it a 10k, a triathalon, a challenging bike ride — you're often on your own to train, monitor, and track your own performance.
Realizing that, Oakley teamed up with Intel to combine its expertise in the sporting space with Intel’s technology prowess to create something new and different, designed with real athletes in mind: Radar Pace. Radar Pace isn’t just another piece of equipment like a wristband or tracker you have to strap on — Radar Pace is like having a coach right there with you as you train. You get all the information a real athlete wants and needs in a piece of equipment you were likely already planning on wearing in the first place, in a pair of sunglasses. It’s the result of years' worth of research and development between the two companies, and it shows.
Here’s what the Radar Pace can do for the amateur athletes looking to up their next step.
It tracks your progress
Steps are one thing, but real athletes do a whole lot more — and they need technology to keep up with them. The Radar Pace smart eyewear is capable of capturing every aspect of your performance, be it a five-mile run or a hundred-mile bike ride. The device can track stats like distance, speed, heart rate, and time, but also drill down into more specific data like your power output and cadence. The Radar Pace smart eyewear sends that data to the Radar Pace app, available on your iPhone or Android. The app records your workout and uses your stats to create a more personalized workout and training plan.
It coaches you to improve
Knowing how you’re doing is great, but what good is knowing how you’re performing if you don’t know how to push yourself to get better? That’s one of the things that sets Radar Pace apart from its competition. Intel and Oakley worked with athletes and coaches around the world to gather and define research on training behaviors and interactions with coaches to build the Radar Pace’s real-time coaching functionality, through its integrated audio.
Radar Pace helps you constantly improve your performance through real-time feedback on your workout. Voice cues provide feedback like, "Your cadence is a little low for this point in your workout, reduce your effort level by shifting into a higher gear" — small prompts to help you change what you’re doing. In the end, those cues can have a huge impact when it comes to performance.
But even more than tracking your progress, the Radar Pace helps you design a training program to fit your goals and your level of preparation. (After all, what's the good in knowing how you're doing when you want to know how you can do better?) Enter in your data, share your next big race you want to accomplish or your training goals, and the Radar Pace will adapt on the app and on your next run. The more you use it, the more the Radar Pace learns and adapts to you so it can better train you. How's that for a coach?
It provides real-time feedback
That feedback doesn’t just go one way. Radar Pace can also respond to your audio cues, so you can ask questions like, "What’s my cadence?" and find out how you’re doing without having to look for numbers. Real-time answers mean you can make real-time adjustments, and push yourself and your workout to the next level. Even better, there are no commands to learn: The technology inside the glasses can understand what you’re asking and respond, even if you’re not sure exactly how to phrase it. Just like a real-life coach, Radar Pace is intuitive, natural, and hands-free — no messing with buttons on your ride.
Check out the features of the Oakley Radar Pace glasses.
- The earbuds and touch panel, which activates Siri and Google Now, music, and phone calls on connected phones with simple taps and swipes.
- The indicator light shows the status of remaining battery power, and indicates when it is pairing with a Bluetooth-enabled device. And the microphone array is enabled for voice commands.
- The frames are made of lightweight, stress-resistant O Matter™ material; plus, Unobtainium® earsocks and nosebombs increase grip with perspiration.
- The glasses pair with internal and external sensors — accelerometer, pressure, humidity, plus cadence, distance, etc. — using sensor data integration and Intel technology.