Israeli tech giant enters smart glasses market

Raptor smart glasses will use same tech as used in fighter pilot's helmets
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A giant in the defence technology industry has today launched into the wearable tech market with the Everysight smart glasses.

Elbit Systems, a Nasdaq listed company from Israel, has a background in fighter jet and rotary wing helmet mounted displays, but has now branched into consumer wearables.

The company chose to focus first on smartglasses for cyclists and, in 2016, will launch its first product: The Raptor by Everysight. Raptor smartglasses offers unobtrusive display of vital information in a deceptively sleek design. The team spent several years working with professional cyclists to design the Raptor, which looks and feels like traditional sports eyewear, but with hidden technology that helps athletes navigate, read performance data and shoot video, among other things. 

Raptor will also be equipped with Everysight Beam technology, which the firm says sets it apart and makes it a superior and first-of-its-kind product. Similar to what pilots have been using for decades, Everysight Beam is a unique see-through display technology that crisply overlays information directly in the wearer's line of sight. With Everysight Beam, the lens itself serves as the augmented display, eliminating offset displays found on other smartglasses. Everysight Beam avoids peripheral distractions, reduces eyestrain and eliminates opaque display elements that can obscure the view. 

“We have more than 30 years of experience and dominate the market in vision systems and augmented reality, integrating real-time data in pilots’ helmets to optimize performance and keep pilots safe and focused on what matters,” said Asaf Ashkenazi, CEO of Everysight.

“Now we’re bringing this experience to the consumer market with smartglasses that will revolutionize how athletes see and experience information. Raptor is the first step in our greater plan to create a full line of smartglasses.”

The 2016 launch will open the system up to the developer community to further build in apps. Full spec details will be revealed at that time.

The launch of Everysight follows a Recon price cut introduced by parent firm Intel, as well as the launch of the Kopin Solos at Interbike. 

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