Picture: BMW Motorrad
At the BMW Motorrad Days in Berlin, BMW presented the ConnectedRide Smartglasses, which bring navigation and GPS data into the user’s field of vision.
It will be a long time before AR headsets are available for everyday use – if we ever get them in a convenient form. Smartglasses that project simple data into the field of view are a reasonable compromise.
Optics module for data projection
At the BMW Motorrad Days in Berlin on July 7, BMW presented its ConnectedRide Smartglasses. It displays navigation data, speed and current gear in the rider’s field of vision and can be adapted to different helmets and face shapes.
The headset offers a reduced mode for navigation, as well as detailed street names, intersections and exact directions. An optical module projects the data onto the right lens, while the GPS data comes from the smartphone.
The BMW Smartglasses are connected to the smartphone and the BMW Motorrad Connected app via Bluetooth. The position of data in the field of view and the settings can even be adjusted while riding using the multi-controller on the motorcycle’s handlebars.
BMW ConnectedRide Smartglasses: RX adapter and price
An RX adapter for prescription lenses is available, but only in the range between +4.5 and -4.5 diopters. Two sizes of Smartglasses are available for different pupil distances: Size M is designed for a pupil distance of 53 to 67 mm, and size L supports 59 to 73 mm. Tinted lenses are also available.
The battery should last up to ten hours. The price is around 690 Euros. It is not yet known when BMW ConnectedRide Smartglasses will be available.
Many start-ups and established companies are experimenting with smart glasses. Google just killed its latest Glass Edition, but Meta is already planning a new edition of Ray Ban Stories. DigiLens recently unveiled its new Argo headset, and there are already many Smartglasses for athletes such as swimmers and cyclists.