Oakley teams up with Garmin for next evolution of the Airwave goggle

Oakley teams up with Garmin for next evolution of the Airwave goggle

Oakley has teamed up with Garmin for the next iteration of the Oakley Airwave goggle. The mad scientists at Oakley will implement wireless technology and a new mobile app to allow compatibility between the goggle’s heads-up display and the Garmin Virb Elite action camera.


The Airwave goggle features a heads-up display created by Recon Instruments that utilizes GPS, wi-fi connectivity, and MFi Bluetooth technology to allow for easy access to information—resort maps, jump statistics, speed, altitude, etc.— for the user. The new compatibility between the Airwave and Virb Elite will enable wireless connection between the goggle and camera, providing a live video heads-up display that can be controlled by the supplied remote. The display will show live video previews and data collected from the camera’s GPS sensor.

For more information, visit oakley.com, garmin.com or the press release below.

Press Release provided by Oakley:

Foothill Ranch, California — Oakley, Inc. today announced it has teamed up with Garmin® to expand the functionality of the next evolution in Oakley Airwave™ alpine goggle technology. Wireless technology and a specially designed app will allow the goggle’s heads-up display to be used with the Garmin VIRB® Elite action camera.

“It is an honor to partner with Garmin, and we are excited to further expand the already stunning array of capabilities offered by Airwave goggles,” said Chris Donnelly, Oakley Senior Vice President of R&D & Optics. “Garmin’s solid reputation in the sport performance market and uncompromising level of quality matches up well with the Oakley brand.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Oakley to make it easy for people to control their VIRB Elite action camera using the Airwave 1.5 goggle,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Worldwide Sales. “Oakley shares our passion for innovation, and through this collaboration we’re enabling our customers to use our products in more ways than ever before. It’s a natural fit.”

Customers with the Oakley Airwave 1.5 snow goggle will be able to wirelessly connect their goggles to the VIRB Elite action camera, allowing the goggle to serve as a live video heads-up display, as well as a remote control. The glove-friendly remote for Airwave 1.5 enables the user to control camera features, and the goggle’s heads-up display can serve as the camera’s LCD display to show live video previews, as well as data from the camera’s built-in GPS sensor.

Oakley Airwave goggles combine world-class performance, protection and comfort with a heads-up display developed by Recon Instruments that integrates GPS, Wi-Fi, MFi Bluetooth® and more with a host of onboard sensors to offer instant access to a world of information. The innovative design allows the wearer to navigate resort maps; see jump analytics, speed and altitude; control their soundtrack; and locate and track friends on the slopes who have Oakley Airwave goggles or the Recon Engage App on their smartphone. Airwave 1.5 offers a broader range of connectivity, enhanced display graphics and improved battery life.

Donnelly added, “With Oakley Airwave 1.5 offering such a comprehensive range of features, a key focus in development was ease of use. The user interface of Garmin products sets the standard for the industry, and it further exemplifies the synergy between our two companies.”

The Garmin VIRB Elite action camera features built-in GPS, an accelerometer and an altimeter, and data seen in the Airwave 1.5 heads-up display can be overlaid onto the video recording. Aerodynamic and water resistant with an IPX7 rating, the camera has a rugged design that does not require a case for most activities, and the battery provides up to three hours of recording in full 1080p HD video. The VIRB Elite also has a 1.4″ Chroma display for convenient preview and playback.

Oakley Airwave 1.5 goggles and the Garmin VIRB Elite action camera are available at Oakley.com, Oakley Stores and select retail destinations.

Visit oakley.com/airwave to learn about Airwave alpine goggles and discover more about the company’s performance and lifestyle innovations. Also visit Oakley on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

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