|Google Glass is on its way so I saw it fitting to re-post this blog entry I made 3 years ago|
I’ve been wondering what an augmented reality HUD interface for runners
would look like, so I went and tossed together this mock-up. Augmented Reality
(AR) layers data on top of the existing world in real time. Science
fiction authors have written extensively about it for decades and
fighter pilots have been using HUD interfaces for years, so there’s
nothing really unique about it. Also patents on this technology were
made years ago in anticipation of it going mainstream in the near
future. In the last couple of years this technology has been trickling
down to the average consumer in the form of iPhone and Droid
applications.Being a tech nerd this would be another toy to play with.
But there are some real benefits to this interface as well.
All the data
from my runs, everything from heart rate to pace to cadence, is
displayed and stored on my Garmin watch. I glance down at the watch
roughly every quarter mile just to make sure I’m within certain training
parameters. So about every 2 minutes I’m looking at the watch, and if I
need to look at a different parameter, I have to push buttons as well.
So out of convenience I want all the relevant data to be displayed at
all times. When I get home, I load the data into a program that displays
everything into graphs. This data can be manipulated and compared to
other workout sessions. These features are great, but again, it would be
nice to be able to do this in real time.This is essentially Biofeedback.
All functions deemed relevant to performance would be displayed in real
time, allowing for a higher awareness and better control of these
functions. This would increase performance levels much faster than when
training without this real time input. For elite runners, this makes
perfect sense. They have been using Biofeedback for years, but this AR
version would bring it out of the lab/treadmills and out into the
field. I would suspect that Garmin and other tech companies are already
working on this, so a product such as runners sun-glasses with embedded
data is just a couple of years away. Shrinking it down into a pleasing
form factor would be key. This would not be for everyone, but could be
very useful for some.