Way back in January at CES, Oakley teamed up with Intel to unveil Radar Pace, a set of smart sunglasses designed to help improve your workouts. Now the company is finally set to release the gadget, which launches on October 1 for $499.
The Pace Radar looks like a pretty standard pair of high-end sporty sunglasses with one key difference. Oakley includes a detachable earbud, which grips onto to the sunglasses using a bendable arm. It also features three built-in microphones so you can ask for feedback throughout your workout and respond to questions.
The design is sweat-resistant and packs a battery that lasts 4 hours if you listen to music (6 hours without music). There’s also a built-in touchpad for quickly skipping between tracks.
Pace Radar can also track your distance and even incorporate your heart rate into its analysis, but it doesn’t pack any of the sensors to actually take those measurements. Instead, it connects to your smartphone for GPS data. It can also sync with an attached smartwatch or fitness tracker.
Once you’re ready to run (or jog or bike) Oakley’s sunglasses will act as a virtual workout coach. The Pace system will offer updates on your speed and stride, along with ways to improve. You can also ask for information directly. When you’re ready to stop just say that you’re finished, and if you haven’t completed the planned workout the sunglasses will urge you to keep going.
If you’re a die-hard runner or biker looking for some extra encouragement this could be a fun option. The price seems a little high considering that it still relies on other connected gadgets to actually gather your data, but it’s possible that future versions of Pace Radar could bring costs down, add extra sensors or both.