Full disclosure: I had no idea the Recon Jet existed. While not the biggest fan of smart optics (blame Google Glass), I am a fan of the advancement of technology and refinement of application. Not everyone wants or needs to be jacked into the matrix, yet there are obviously many that do. The possibilities of this product begin to expand as you consider how it might integrate with your own rides. Plus, add the ability for developers to create apps for it and other smart devices (iPhone, Apple Watch, Android devices) and you can see the paradigm begin to not so subtly shift.
One such app is Refuel. “Refuel notifies the athlete when to consume food or water during a cycling or running activity to maximize potential and help reduce muscle catabolization and dehydration. Notifications are delivered on Jet’s smart eyewear display, located just below the athlete’s right eye, where they can be viewed at a glance. The app considers age, weight, height, gender, altitude, distance traveled, heart rate and either pace or speed to make individualized nutritional suggestions. It was developed collaboratively between Recon and former ultra distance athlete and author Brendan Brazier and pioneered the development of the Recon SDK, being released later this month.”
For those looking for maximum control over their training, consider Refuel marginal gains on steroids. The app is free and available now for Recon Jet users and will be available soon for iOS and Android devices.
Full Press Release:
Introducing Refuel, a Groundbreaking Smart Nutrition App for Recon Jet Smart Eyewear Developed in partnership with Vega co-founder Brendan Brazier, Refuel is available now as a free download Vancouver, Canada (June 3, 2015) – Recon Instruments, the award-winning technology company behind the world’s first consumer smart eyewear for sports, is pleased to announce the introduction of Refuel, a groundbreaking smart nutrition app for Recon Jet smart eyewear. Developed in collaboration with Vega co-founder Brendan Brazier, Refuel allows athletes to maximize their performance by telling them when to drink and eat during an activity—and advising them on recovery refueling afterwards. Refuel is available now as a free download from Recon’s App Center.
“Brendan and I developed Refuel for Jet for two reasons,” said Tyson Miller, VP of Consumer Products at Recon. “First, as athletes, we both know how easy it is to bonk or become dehydrated during activities. Athletes often don’t realize they are under-fueling and, too late to course correct, find themselves in a degraded physical state. We wanted to solve that problem. Second, we wanted to test drive Recon’s new software development kit (SDK) before its public release. Refuel was developed using that SDK, which has allowed us to tweak and improve the kit ahead of its public release later this month.
”Pairing Brazier’s deep knowledge of performance nutrition with Miller’s technical background, the two developed an algorithm that considers age, weight, height, gender, altitude, distance traveled, heart rate, and either pace or speed to make individualized nutritional suggestions.
“I work with a wide range of pro and recreational athletes, and most of them simply don’t know when and what to eat or drink to maximize their potential,” said Brendan Brazier. “It can be tricky. Fuel and hydration needs will change based on the intensity and duration of a workout. For example, a high-intensity workout will require a larger percentage of carbs whereas a longer workout at a lower intensity will require dietary fat and protein to enhance endurance and prevent muscle catabolization. Refuel makes those assessments and advises athletes accordingly. Additionally, Refuel offers a form of mental outsourcing. Because there’s no need to allocate brainpower to properly time fueling and hydration, Refuel enables greater focus on the activity, which can be a significant advantage.”
Refuel notifications are delivered on Jet’s smart-eyewear display, located just below the athlete’s right eye, where they can be viewed at a glance. During an activity, Refuel calculates exercise output, including calories burned, and tells the athlete when to rehydrate and fuel up. After an activity, Refuel provides detailed suggestions regarding rehydration and calorie composition to optimize the athlete’s recovery.
Jet users can download Refuel today from Recon’s new App Center. Refuel is coming soon to other wearables and mobile devices, as well. For more information and updates, please visit http://refuelapps.com/.