Skip to main content

Kopin’s new heads-up Solos glasses shows your cycling stats in real time

Kopin was ahead of the wearable curve when it debuted the Myvu Solo, a heads-up, transparent display that mirrored a connected iPod. That was in 2007; Google Glass, perhaps the best-known heads-up display, was released in 2013. But like Google Glass, the Myvu Solo didn’t gain much traction, a failure the Westborough, MA-based Kopin attributes to a lack of vision — the Myvu Solo had no killer app. That’s why the company’s newest pair of electronic eyewear, the Solos, was designed from the get-go with a very clear niche in mind: cycling.

That much might have been assumed from its appearance. The Solos, said Dr. Ernesto Martinez in a press release, was engineered with “intuitiveness” and ergonomics in mind, including some wind tunnel-testing to cut down on drag when you’re on the road. It’s made of lightweight polycarbonate, has anti-slip temple and nose pads, and packs interchangeable, adjustable lenses that Kopin says “minimize strain on the eye” during longer cycling sessions.

A highlight of the Solos is its display. Kopin’s been making super tiny screens since 2008, and the Solos’s, the 4mm Vista, is one of the company’s most refined. The translucent, 5-inch (thanks to its closeness to your pupil) screen minimizes glare and is readable in direct sunlight, Kopin says. Even better, it’s controllable hands free: “advanced voice extraction technology,” a fancy phrase for the always-on listening features found on smartphones like the iPhone 6S, interprets commands to adjust display settings (i.e., brightness).


What you’ll see on the Solos depends on how you’ve configured the companion Android/iOS app, but by default it’ll show caller ID, notifications, and social media alerts. If you’ve got ANT+ compatible fitness trackers connected to your smartphone, it’ll deliver performance metrics such as heart rate, pace, cadence, power, distance, and duration, and sync that data in real time. You’ll get periodic auditory performance cues through the Solos’s stereo speakers, too, that you’ll have a hard time missing, in theory: the volume can automatically adjust to ambient noise.

It will last six hours on a charge, according to Kopin. That company hasn’t yet announced a release date or pricing.

The Solos will inevitably draw comparisons Recon’s Jet, the Intel-backed smart glasses aimed at athletes, but Kopin’s wearable seems less capable, for better and worse. In offloading sensor tracking and processing power to Bluetooth devices, the Solos is more second screen than the all-in-one activity tracker, but that approach has the potential to boost battery life and reduce costs. Assuming the Solos undercuts the prohibitively expensive Jet ($499), it might very well give it a run — or cycle, rather — for its money.

Editors' Recommendations

Kyle Wiggers
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Kyle Wiggers is a writer, Web designer, and podcaster with an acute interest in all things tech. When not reviewing gadgets…
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 vs. Fitbit Sense
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 smartwatch, worn on a person's wrist.

The Galaxy Watch 4 is Samsung's take on a modern, hi-tech wearable that doesn't imitate an old-school analog wristwatch. It eschews the classic design of its predecessors for a sleeker, more streamlined look, while also providing some excellent hardware and features. These include a Super AMOLED touchscreen, 16GB of internal storage, generous battery life, and some great health-tracking software.

It's certainly one of the best smartwatches out there, but in a market saturated by Apple Watches and various Android equivalents, it certainly isn't without competitors. One of these is the Fitbit Sense, which in 2020 emerged to offer a premium version of the core Fitbit experience, replete with an ECG sensor, a choice of virtual assistants, and a wealth of fitness features.

Read more
This $4,000 titanium beauty is the ultimate square G-Shock
The G-Shock MRG-B5000B.

Do you want the very best Casio offers in manufacturing, design, and technology from your new G-Shock, all wrapped up in that highly recognizable square case? In other words, the ultimate version of a truly classic G-Shock watch? If so, the new MRG-B5000B is exactly the model you will want, provided cost is no object. We’ve been wearing it.
What makes MR-G so special?
Although Casio is best known for tough watches that won’t break the bank, Casio also has decades of watchmaking experience, and it showcases its talents most effectively in its highly exclusive MR-G family of watches. These models, its most luxurious, are assembled by hand on Casio’s Premium Production Line located in the Yamagata factory in Japan, where only the company’s most experienced, specially certified technicians work on the top MT-G and MR-G models.

The square G-Shock is one of the most popular models, having been around since the G-Shock brand first started in the early 1980s, and bringing it to the luxury MR-G range is going to see a lot of people reaching for their wallets. What makes it so special? It’s the first time the classic, beloved square G-Shock has been given the MR-G treatment, with most other MR-G models over the past few years featuring an analog dial. There's a huge section of an already large fan base waiting for this.

Read more
Fitbit recalls Ionic smartwatch after several burn reports
best walmart deals on apple watch garmin and fitbit ionic smartwatch adidas edition ice gray silver

Fitbit Ionic smartwatch users need to stop using their devices right now. The company has recalled its Ionic wearable after over 150 reports of the watch’s lithium-ion battery overheating, and 78 reports of burn injuries to the users. It will offer a refund of $299 to the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch users who return the device.

Fitbit has received at least 115 reports in the United States and over 50 reports internationally about the Ionic smartwatch's battery overheating. It is recalling the device as there are two reports of third-degree burns and four reports of second-degree burns out of the 78 total burn injuries report.

Read more