Jul 23rd, 2013

We’ve heard a lot about the Recon Jet in recent weeks. It’s a pair of smart glasses that has all sorts of sensors for recording location, speed, elevation and more. The game uses various communication radios to interface with Android phones and iPhones, including ANT+, WiFi and Bluetooth-enabled hardware.

With ANT+, it gives you the ability to track stuff like heart rate monitors during a workout so you can keep track of that stuff without having to look away (think mountain biking or jogging). And more than just fitness, it’ll also keep you up to date on things like incoming SMS messages and allow you to see incoming call data without having to whip your phone out.

Well, this interesting little Google Glass competitor has already sold out well ahead of its February 2014 launch, and there’s a simple reason for that — it’s actually available to buy. Google Glass is very exciting and has a lot of potential, but only a few thousand people were allowed to buy them so far, and the $1,500 price tag for the Explorer Edition made for an even bigger entry barrier than there is for the $600 Recon Jet.

So what does this tell us? It tells us there definitely is a market for these things, and with the right capabilities, marketing and price, Google Glass can tap into this market just as effectively. Consumer production for Google Glass is supposed to ramp up in time for a release either by the end of this year or for early next year, so only time will tell if Glass has people just as excited as they seem to be for the Recon Jet.

With that, I’m curious — while most of you wouldn’t buy a pair of Glass for $1,500 right now, we’re wondering if you’d consider it for the $600 that the Recon Jets are going for. If not, what price would you pay for them? Sound off in the comments section below, drop a vote in the poll, and be sure to check the Recon Jet out in more detail over at Recon Instruments’ website.

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