Remember late last year when Recon Instruments introduced its MOD Live Android-enabled heads-up display for the likes of ski goggles?Joining the ranks of other optics makers, Oakley’s partnered with the company to seamlessly integrate the augmented-reality unit into its own goggles, dubbed Airwave. It’s not just another shell for the system, either, as Oakley will be providing a companion app that’ll work with iOS — which seems to be first official instance as such since Recon itself said it would be coming earlier this year. The MOD Live itself is otherwise the same right-eye positioned system (providing a perceived 14-inch display at five feet away) we’ve seen for almost a year now, so don’t expect to get the clearest picture if you’re left eye dominant or use contact lenses for distance. Furthermore, there’s still GPS for tracking friends / navigation, and Bluetooth to work with a water-resistant wrist remote that allows you to control your smartphone and the display itself. Of course, this also means Recon’s Android SDK will also be workable, as will your Contour camera.
If you’re interested in Oakley’s spin on the MOD Live, the Airwave will hit Apple stores on October 31st for $ 600 in your choice of black with a black Iridium lens, or a white with black graphics and a “fire” colored variant of the lens — yes, they’re interchangeable just like most of Oakley’s other specs. If you’re curious for further details in the meantime, check out the simulation video and press release after the break. Now, how about those full-on smart glasses to take on Google Glass as the company’s CEO mentioned in April?