April 11, 2023 – ActiveLook, a provider of augmented reality (AR) smart glasses technology for outdoor activities and elite athletes, has recently announced that its smart glasses are now compatible with the ‘SYS’Nav XL’ instrument from Syride, a provider of outdoor sporting goods.
Paragliders that use the SYS’Nav XL device will now be able to experience a hands-free, heads-up display by connecting a pair of ActiveLook smart glasses to the SYS’Nav XL instrument, which will enable them to display data directly on the lenses.
The SYS’Nav XL vario-GPS, launched last year, is a versatile flight instrument designed for paragliding and PPG pilots, and can be used by beginners, leisure users, hike’n’fly users, competitors, and XC pilots, according to the company.
With the new compatibility with ActiveLook technology, pilots can now have access to important flight data, such as altitude, speed, and variometer, directly in their field of view, eliminating the need to constantly look down at a separate screen, and allowing pilots to stay focused on the task at hand.
The ActiveLook smart glasses can also provide paragliders with an additional screen to display more information. The HUD can reveal the most important data and, thanks to the customizable display of the SYS’Nav XL, pilots can display less-frequently used data on the instrument itself.
Currently, the smart glasses can display variometer, altitude and speed, but Syride stated that a future update will allow pilots to choose the specific data that they want to display on a connected ActiveLook device.
Commenting on the new announcement, paraglider pilot Antoine Girard stated: “The glasses coupled with the SYS’Nav XL bring significant advantages in terms of safety and comfort. They provide a second screen to the instrument which doubles the amount of flight information available at any time. It is no longer necessary to shift or limit your field of vision to look at information on your instrument; it is now possible to do so while keeping visual control of what is happening around you. This means more security around obstacles or in a cluster of pilots.”
Currently available from the Syride website are the ENGO 1 and ENGO 2 smart glasses, which cost EUR €399 and EUR €329 respectively. ENGO smart glasses are powered by ActiveLook and are therefore compatible with the SYS’Nav XL instrument via connection through the Syride app.
For more information on ActiveLook and its augmented reality solutions for outdoor sporting and activities, please visit the company’s website.
Image / video credit: ActiveLook / Syride / YouTube
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