Apple Watch AR Heads-Up Display becomes a reality with ActiveLook and watchOS 9

A major update to MicroOLED, the company behind ActiveLook brings what looks like an awesome AR experience for Apple Watch owners. Offering what it says is the first real-time heads-up display for Apple Watch exercise data, ActiveLook’s new Light AR platform brings live metrics to AR sports glasses like ENGO and Julbo.

MicroOLED shared the big news about compatibility with watchOS 9 for use with ActiveLook-powered AR glasses in a press release:

“With the ability to create up to three ‘dashboards’ of real-time data using the ActiveLook app for Watch OS, ActiveLook glasses can display performance metrics such as running pace, heart rate and running power, in addition to the latest running dynamics metrics. introduced with Watch OS 9 which includes stride length, ground contact time and vertical oscillation.

Apple Watch AR glasses with head-up display

The new compatibility is exciting as Apple Watch Ultra and Series 8 are expected to arrive soon. But the good news is that anyone running watchOS 9 can take advantage of the AR heads-up display.

AR sports glasses like ENGO and Julbo feature ActiveLook technology and are ready to pair with Apple Watch/watchOS via the ActiveLook 2.0 app.

For example, ENGO 2 AR goggle features include:

  • Lightweight design as low as 36g (1.27oz)
  • 12 hour battery life
  • Waterproof
  • Hand gesture to control the data you are viewing
  • AR Heads Up Display for Apple Watch, iOS, Garmin, Android

The big idea behind AR sports glasses is that athletes don’t have to interrupt their stride/mechanics to view their data:

“Placing this data in the runner’s natural field of vision eliminates the need to slow stride, shift focus and alter body mechanics to monitor performance, allowing athletes to train and compete with transparent access to real-time information. ActiveLook provides a competitive advantage to endurance athletes such as marathon runners and triathletes who rely on real-time metrics such as pace and heart rate to achieve their personal best. As such, the ActiveLook-enabled glasses are the perfect companion to the just-announced Apple Watch Ultra.

While ActiveLook has been around for a while and Garmin compatibility is popular, MicroOLED CEO Eric Marcellin-Dibon says compatibility with watchOS 9 provides the best experience yet:

“The Apple Watch integration offers the best ActiveLook experience for runners to date, from simplified setup to super intuitive use with the Apple Watch touchscreen combined with the gesture control functionality of ActiveLook products. Our team delivered a breakthrough AR experience that highlights the benefits and value of MicroOLED’s ActiveLook platform – it’s lightweight, offers long battery life, excellent brightness, and low cost. Competitive, data-driven racers will greatly benefit from this technology.

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