Smart glasses seem like such a clever and intuitive idea, a piece of the future that you can wear while making a fashion statement and also being quite useful. Google has had the most mainstream hit with smart glasses so far: the Google Glass. Glass is a great device for being connected to world around you in a seamless interface that uses your simple senses to give you all the information about anything you could ask rather than having to put your head down and type something into your phone. However, the price tag is quite steep for average gadget lover, even if they are willing to spend a fair amount for a piece of the future.

There is another option. Initially developed for athletes but now it has an app store that has the staple apps in relation to social media, navigation, and weather. The design isn’t subtle but then you are going to stand out with such an exclusive technology on your face. It looks more like normal sunglasses than Google Glass. The name will be completely foreign to you but it is a truly amazing piece of technology, especially for the price of $599. It is called the Recon Jet and it is the closest thing to a layman’s smart glasses.

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Focus, Determination, Information

The Recon Jet was developed by an athlete for athletes. The idea behind the Jet is simple: specific use, athlete-centered, personalized experience, and minimal distraction. These guidelines lead to focus on how to make the best possible gadget for an athlete. This means having the display below the natural eyeline for a human so that the information is there and easy to access but not distracting for an athlete who needs to pay attention to what is directly in front of them. This also means a variety of fitness apps that are specialized in their usefulness.

With all this talk about subtlety and fitness, one may think that such a gadget is really only for the fanatical athlete who counts every carb consumed and every calorie burned. While such a person is who the Jet was originally designed for, that is not the case at this current juncture. The Jet is built on Android 4.2.2 and has access to all the apps of the Google Play Store. The Jet also has GPS, Bluetooth, and WiFi. It will provide directions, show you whose calling or texting you, and can access the Internet like a smartphone. It also has a video camera, speaker, and microphone for the normal uses of any cell phone these days. The Jet can be for someone who wants a piece of the future for less than half of the price of the Google Glass.

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The Future is Within Reach

The Jet comes in two colors, black and white, and look spectacular and even a bit RoboCop-esque. It has an interchangeable battery with easy access. It may not be as sleek and suave as the Google Glass but it is certainly an excellent piece of hardware, design, and innovation. Most importantly, it is within reach to those of us who wish to be an active part of the wearable technology revolution.

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