GogglePal Brings Augmented Reality To The Slopes

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, GogglePal is accepting preorders for its universally mounted augmented reality heads-up display (HUD). The GogglePal is a small, lightweight HUD that can be magnetically mounted on any pair of snow goggles. For those of us who have already spent a pretty penny on our goggles, we’d be hard pressed to buy another set just for AR. By virtue of being universally mountable, the GogglePal is much more accessible than a standalone set of AR snow goggles, which would cost much more.
Development on the GogglePal was primarily based on community feedback. Skiers and boarders wanted a way to track their stats and compare them with those of their friends. GogglePal users will receive real-time information based on their skiing or snowboarding stats, including speed, time, location, calories burned, etc. Additionally, a complementary iOS app was developed to share and compare stats with friends.The GogglePal, at first glance, appears to be a niche product, but I can think of more than just a few ways an AR HUD such as this would be useful. GogglePal admits that while the available goggle-mounted HUDs are optimized primarily for snow sports, they do plan on developing solutions for other sports such as mountain biking, motorcycling, skydiving, and more.

The GogglePal is available for preorder on the GogglePal website starting at $149 for the Sport edition and $225 for the Connect edition.

Alexander Quejado is an Associate Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware and Tom's IT Pro. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • bit_user
    That looks a lot more like a heads-up-display than AR.
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  • Argent Gold
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    That looks a lot more like a heads-up-display than AR.

    Depending on how you spin it, the GogglePal and similar HUDs can be considered Augmented Reality devices. At the very least, that's how the general public and AR developers alike are defining them as. I could see enterprise AR steering away from HUDs, but I can see consumer AR devices remaining mainly HUD-based...

    -Alex
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  • bit_user
    Anonymous said:
    Depending on how you spin it, the GogglePal and similar HUDs can be considered Augmented Reality devices.
    That's just it - spin. It's like they're jumping on the latest buzzword, even though the device doesn't seem to understand much about your surroundings or embed anything convincingly within them.

    It doesn't really matter, I guess, as long as people understand what they're getting. Technology products have been over-hyped for as long as they've existed.

    It seems pretty reasonably priced, for what it actually does.
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