Garmin’s $399 headset for cyclists brings rear view and notifications into your line of sight

Garmin’s $399 headset for cyclists brings rear view and notifications into your line of sight
Credit: Garmin

It’s not quite Google Glass, but Garmin’s new Varia Vision headset does offer plenty of useful features for cyclists in their line of sight.

The $399 device, shown off at CES today, attaches to either side of your sunglasses and displays performance stats, turn-by-turn directions and incoming notifications on its eyepiece. You can also pair it with the $200 Varia rearview radar system to receive alerts of traffic approaching from behind, up to 140m away.

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The Varia Vision weighs only an ounce and offers eight hours of battery life. It’s also weather-resistant and its side-mounted gesture-based touch panel can receive commands when you’re wearing gloves or if you’re in wet weather.

If you want alerts about traffic from behind you, you'll pair this $200 radar with the Varia Vision
If you want alerts about traffic from behind you, you’ll pair this $200 radar with the Varia Vision

While those features could certainly make cycling more enjoyable, the Varia Vision isn’t cheap, and it requires you to wear glasses to use it. A smartwatch and wireless Bluetooth earphones would cost a lot less and offer most of the functionality the headset promises, even if you may have to glance at your wrist for a second.

The Varia Vision will ship later this quarter.

➀ Varia Vision [Garmin]

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