Garmin will launch new “in-sight display” technology for cyclists at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas later this week. The Varia Vision is a small device that can easily be added onto cycling sunglasses. Its “in-sight display” offers cyclists an array of features such as ride data from Garmin edge computers and smart phone notifications. The device is controlled by a touch panel on its adjustable arm, sensitive enough for for cyclists wearing gloves or with wet hands. The main component, a small fitted screen on the arm, ensures your line of vision is unobstructed and most importantly, not directed down at a handlebar-mounted bike computer screen. The device is lightweight and versatile, weighing in at just under 30 grams. Its ambient light sensor technology is designed to adjust to changing conditions outdoors. It is compatible with iOS, Android and Windows 10.
One of the best features of the device is that when connected to Garmin’s Varia radar system (launched earlier this year), it provides detailed directions and warns cyclists of traffic from behind. If you plan on investing in a great piece of bike technology this year, consider the Varia Vision for its ability to keep you safer on the road.
The Varia Vision will retail for $400 USD and go on sale before the end of March. Garmin’s Varia Radar costs around $200 USD. For triathletes who spend lots of time riding outdoors, it’s a small price to pay for greater safety.