Smart Glasses for Sport: adidas Running app and tooz technologies team up
The partnership will look at how to make an athlete’s running experience more immersive with smart glasses.
The adidas Running app teams up with smart glasses developer tooz to create the next generation of wearable sports technology.
adidas Runtastic is working with tooz technologies to test and research the next generation of wearable sports technology.
tooz develops and engineers lenses and optical engines for smart glasses.
The partnership will integrate tooz Smart Glasses with the adidas Running app, owned by adidas Runtastic and look at whether a runner’s experience and performance is enhanced when stats are provided directly into their field of view.
Jürgen Stenz, Innovation Engineer at adidas Runtastic, says: “Smart glasses are developing really fast, so there are a lot of opportunities for the future.”
The future of wearable tech in sports
Runners wearing the glasses get performance data like distance, pace, heart rate, and more without having to look down at their mobile phone or sports watch.
The partnership will show how smart glasses can support active runners in the future. The integration of the adidas running app with the smart glasses from tooz opens up another field of application for future users.
The wearable can be used for sports, working and everyday life. tooz glasses allow the wearer to use applications for messaging, navigation, weather, health, and much more.
Currently, a version of the glasses for developers is available in China and Germany. Software developers in these countries can already start coding compatible apps for various uses.
How tooz Smart Glasses work
Connected via Bluetooth to a mobile device, the smart glasses from tooz discreetly deliver content into the wearer’s field of vision.
When a runner has the adidas Running app open, they can stop and start tracking their activity and navigate through the app with two buttons on the current version of the glasses.
Dr. Kai Ströder, CEO of tooz, says: “The collaboration with adidas Runtastic has clearly shown that app content can be transferred very easily to the tooz Smart Glasses and that wearers can benefit directly from this technology in sports and outdoor activities.
“With the seamlessly integrated tooz optics, we can not only meet individual style preferences, but also the ergonomic requirements of athletes.”
The centerpiece of the solution is the optical system with its free-form surfaces, a so-called waveguide. With the help of these surfaces, the virtual image generated by a display built into the right temple is projected onto the wearer’s retina.
With this technology, tooz currently provides the only curved waveguide lens to the market with the possibility of vision correction, meaning athletes will be able to get glasses in their prescription in the near future.
About adidas Runtastic
Runtastic, founded in 2009, is a leader in the digital health and fitness space. It provides optimized tracking solutions for collecting, managing, and analyzing running and training data, as well as curated content. Since 2015, the Austrian company has been part of the adidas family. With its two apps, adidas Running and adidas Training, Runtastic wants to create the best possible running and training experience for more than 175 million registered users. Users are inspired to lead a more conscious and active lifestyle.
tooz technologies GmbH is a joint venture of ZEISS and Deutsche Telekom. With the mission to upgrade normal prescription glasses with digital virtual screens, tooz develops optical engines which enable cost-effective, unobtrusive and turnkey smart glass solutions. Innovative optical technologies for wearables by tooz unleash a variety of new use cases across industries, in the health sector and for consumer applications. For more information, visit www.tooz.com
Smart glasses are developing really fast, so there are a lot of opportunities for the future.
Jürgen Stenz, Innovation Engineer at adidas Runtastic
The collaboration with adidas Runtastic has clearly shown that app content can be transferred very easily to the tooz Smart Glasses and that wearers can benefit directly from this technology in sports and outdoor activities. With the seamlessly integrated tooz optics, we can not only meet individual style preferences, but also the ergonomic requirements of athletes.
Dr. Kai Ströder, CEO of tooz