At CES this week, Garmin launched a new in-sight display for cyclists called Varia Vision. Similar to the 4iiii Cliiiimb, the display unit attaches to your sunglasses (either side) and projects data from compatible devices, including ride data from Garmin Edge 1000 and Edge 520 bike computers, smart notifications from phones, turn-by-turn directions, and warnings from Garmin’s Varia rearview radar system.
Varia Vision displays up to 4 data fields at a time plus clear, color-coded graphics at any given time. This allows you to view information such as your heart rate, power, and speed and still keep your eyes peeled for potential hazards in front of you. Varia Vision can even help you find your way with detailed navigation prompts, complete with street names, directional arrows, and distance to turn.
Weighing just 28 grams, the in-sight display unit offers 8 hours of continuous use in a weather-resistant package. A built-in ambient light sensor ensures that your ride data is always easy to see, even in direct sunlight, while a glove-friendly touch panel makes it simple to switch between displays.
Varia Vision also offers vibration alerts to let you know when you’re approaching segments, completing laps, leaving a workout zone or receiving a call/text. If you pair the device with your Varia rearview radar, you will be alerted of cars approaching from behind.
Although this is cool, I am not sure if it is safer and easier to look at something constantly in my line of sight or just glance down at my Edge 1000.
The Varia Vision retails for $399.99 and will begin shipping in the first quarter this year.