What you don’t know can’t hurt you. By the same logic, it’s only when you have Zeal Optics GPS Goggles, do you realise what skiers, snowboarders and tobogganers have perhaps missed.
The idea behind this gadget is simply to equip people on the slopes with real-time data such as location, temperature etc. You can access all this information using various apps on your smartphone or using other gadgets like a compass. But try doing it while you’re whizzing down the slopes.
With the GPS Goggles, you can do that easily, because all the information is displayed on a colour LCD display. The data appears on a screen that seems to be placed at a distance of six feet from your eyes, so you don’t even have to squint or worry about the data affecting your normal vision.
Using the controls for the GPS Goggles are placed conveniently inside the special gloves, you can easily select from seven different types of useful information.
Specifically, you can get real-time information about your speed, ambient temperature, your elevation, the distance you’ve travelled, vertical distance covered from your start point, location and of course, time. If you’re practising for a race, you can use the chronometer to time yourself.
Thanks to the USB compatibility and software, you can transfer data to your computer and monitor your progress. The goggles are powered by rechargeable lithium batteries. On full-charge, they are said to last for up to 7 hours, more than adequate for a reasonable day’s fun on your favourite snowy slopes.
All this tech comes at a price, $499 (£449.99) to be exact.