SOLOS to showcase its new smart glasses at the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship and additional IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events this year
TAMPA, Fla. / WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (July 20, 2018) – SOLOS®, a unit of Kopin Corporation, together with IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings Company, is proud to announce that SOLOS has become the official Smart Glasses of IRONMAN North America and the IRONMAN World Championship. SOLOS’ new smart glasses will be showcased at the IRONMAN® World Championship and various other events in the United States and Canada throughout this year, starting at IRONMAN Lake Placid on July 22.
“We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with IRONMAN,” said Scott Fliegelman, Director of Strategic Partnerships for SOLOS. “As a five-time IRONMAN, I’m personally excited to share our amazing technology with today’s athletes, who are looking for improved performance, safety and fun.”
SOLOS smart glasses allow triathletes, cyclists and runners, to receive critical performance information through sight and sound, which enables the athlete to focus on their performance and enjoy the training experience, avoiding unsafe distractions. SOLOS provides a more natural way of communicating data that is safer and more immediate, keeping athletes focused, present and fully aware during training. SOLOS smart glasses contain proprietary augmented reality display and noise cancellation technologies in light and fashionable sunglasses allowing the athlete to view metrics as if the data is floating in front of them and to receive other information through audio messages.
“We know IRONMAN athletes are always looking for quality, ingenuity and as much valuable data as possible in the devices they wear,” said Stuart Selig, EVP of Global Partnerships at IRONMAN. “SOLOS smart glasses provide just that — an innovative product that will empower them to achieve optimal performance. We believe this partnership offers our athletes a unique training advantage across North America.”
SOLOS is the world’s lightest augmented reality smart glasses for sports performance, designed to inform and inspire while keeping athletes safe so that they can reach their full potential. Since the brand’s inception, SOLOS smart glasses have been dedicated to developing a seamless experience that brings together technology, sport and fashion, and has relied on direct feedback from athletes, like 11-time IRONMAN 70.3® Champion, Sam Appleton, to make the best smart performance glasses on the market.
“I have been using SOLOS smart glasses since the beginning of this year and they have been an extremely valuable tool in my training arsenal,” said Appleton. “SOLOS smart glasses display in front of me the metrics I need in order to nail my key sessions and maintain situational awareness so I can enjoy the ride. It’s an exciting opportunity for the SOLOS team to partner with IRONMAN, as now athletes from around the globe will be able to check out SOLOS smart glasses, which have been a key factor in my success this season.”
In addition to features to improve performance, SOLOS smart glasses also offer design and lifestyle elements that increase the joy of any running experience, including integrated music, group communication, phone calls, interchangeable lenses and an adjustable nose piece for added customization, among others. They are compatible with iOS and Android smartphones and Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches.
SOLOS® smart glasses are the world’s most technologically advanced smart glasses. Leveraging decades of Kopin’s experience in heads-up displays and other technologies, SOLOS smart glasses inform and inspire athletes to reach their full athletic potential. Built for cyclists, runners and triathletes, SOLOS smart glasses deliver critical information to the athlete in a seamless, integrated fashion through sight and sound. SOLOS smart glasses provide a more natural way of communicating that’s safer and immediate, keeping the athlete focused, present and more fully aware. Smart Communication. Ultimate Performance. Learn more at www.solos-wearables.com.
Kopin Corporation is a leading developer of innovative wearable computing technologies and solutions. Kopin’s technology portfolio includes ultra-small transmissive, reflective and emissive displays, optics, speech enhancement technology, software, low-power ASICs, and ergonomically designed smart headset concept systems. Kopin’s proprietary components and technology are protected by more than 300 global patents and patents pending. For more information, please visit Kopin’s website at www.kopin.com.
A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon® Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 230 events across 53 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
About Wanda Sports Holdings
Wanda Sports Holdings is the world’s leading sports business entity, founded to capture the opportunities in the global sports industry and to contribute to the prosperous international sports landscape – in three key areas: 1) Spectator Sports (media & marketing business), 2) Participation Sports (active lifestyle business), 3) Services (digital, production and service business). Wanda Sports Holding incorporates the international sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media, the iconic endurance brand IRONMAN, and Wanda Sports China. The headquarters are in Guangzhou, China.
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