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Week in tech: Smart glasses, Zwift Academy, Brooks/Vans collaboration

Smart glasses company seeks test pilots, Brooks and Vans team up, and Zwift Academy narrows down candidates for Canyon – SRAM.

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It was a quite week for cycling tech, but here’s the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t.

Test pilots needed for Everysight smart glasses

Photo: Everysight
Photo: Everysight

Everysight, an augmented reality (AR) company, announced that its Raptor AR smartglasses are in the final stages of development and that company will now conduct an exclusive Test Pilot Program. The Raptor AR glasses use Everysight’s patented Beam technology to provide riders with an augmented reality experience. A transparent display overlays high-resolution information in the rider’s line of sight. The information appears as a projection in front of the user. The on-lens projection displays real-time information such as turn-by-turn navigation, time, distance, speed, heart rate, cadence, and power.

As Everysight prepares for the Raptor AR consumer launch, it is taking applications for a team of Test Pilots who will receive pre-release versions of the Raptor. Test Pilots will test the product and provide feedback during the final phase of the Raptor’s development. Everyone who applies will reserve a spot in line to be the first to purchase the consumer version when it launches.

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A laser-etched collaboration between Brooks and Vans

Brooks England and Vans’s premium label, Vault by Vans, partnered to release a limited edition collection of laser-etched footwear and accessories for riding. Both brands are celebrating significant milestones, with Brooks’s 150th anniversary and Vans’s 50th anniversary happening this year. This is the second collaboration between the two companies and promises to impress with classic designs and beautiful craftsmanship with the cycling accessories.

Photo: Brooks England
Photo: Brooks England
Photo: Brooks England
Photo: Brooks England

The Brooks x Vault by Vans partnership features laser-etched artwork from designer Taka Hayashi on several Vans shoe styles. Hayashi’s imagery and intricate detailing is also found on several Brooks Accessories, including the Barbican Shoulder Bag and Swift Brooks Saddle.The collection is available for purchase now at select stores across the globe.

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Vear raises $100,000 for zippered rain pants

Photo: Vear
Photo: Vear

Our Kickstarter product of the week goes to the commuter Legs Jacket created by Vear. The windproof and waterproof rain pants feature full length zippers down each leg so the pants can be removed or zipped back together without removing your shoes. The Legs Jacket pants also have reflective features that remain black and discrete during the day but provide extra visibility at night. Vear launched its Kickstarter crowdfunding page in early November and has raised more than $100,000 with about a week left in the campaign.

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Zwift Academy finalists head to Mallorca with Canyon – SRAM

Photo: Zwift
Photo: Zwift

After six months of testing and training, Zwift and Canyon – SRAM announced the three finalists who will advance to the last round in the Zwift Academy’s competition for a 2017 professional cycling contract. Jessie Donavan, Leah Thorvilson, and Yvonne van Hattum will travel to the team’s training camp in Mallorca, Spain, where they’ll meet and train with the team. At the end of the camp, one of the three women will be offered a spot on the pro team’s 2017 roster. It’s an unusual way to discover new riders but we are excited to see the results of this new talent ID program.

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