This year I was able to spend 3 days at CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. This event is usually crazy – tons of exhibitors and hordes of people all over the place, hence my hesitation to attend, but my the projects I have been working on in the last 12 months and those that will be on my plate in 2016, required me to attend. So, I jumped on the plane and joined the throngs of people at the show.
While I had to spend a lot of time with customers and partners, I was able to allocate some time for visiting various exhibits. The show was heavily dedicated to automotive products – but there were some interesting new products for bicycle enthusiasts as well. The product that caught my attention was the Garmin Varia Vision Headset – the headset has some very interesting capabilities
- It allows you to view statistics about the ride – ride in your field of vision – i.e. without have to look down (to the stem or handlebars mounted smart phone with Bike Applications); The display provides the essential stats right in front of your eyes – thus acting also as a much safer way to show you information
2) When paired with Varia Rear View Radar it provides you with the necessary information on approaching traffic. The display can show you approaching traffic and warn you of potential issues on the road;
Overall a very clever contraption and in my opinion useful application all around. The device warns you of approaching traffic as far as 140-meters away (per Garmin.com)
The headset is also integreatable with your smart phone. Garmin will provide you with the compatibility list. I have not tested that feature – eventhough I hat my phone with me on the tradeshow floor – I did not test the ability of the feature;
Ultimately, safety is a huge factor for most of us cyclists and to this effect these new products appear to address it in a fun and cheerful way.
Please let me know with your thoughts on these new gadgets – I think they are a great steps forward on safety!