Strava Live Segments come to Apple Watch and smart glasses with ActiveLook app update

Augmented reality tech company hails a 'transformative' breakthrough for cyclists who use Strava and Apple Watch

Clock17:11, Wednesday 1st November 2023
ActiveLook has updated its app to allow direct streaming from Apple Watches to compatible smart glasses

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ActiveLook has updated its app to allow direct streaming from Apple Watches to compatible smart glasses

In a recent update to its app, augmented reality eyewear company ActiveLook has enabled users with compatible glasses to view real-time Strava data that is streamed directly from an Apple Watch.

Wrist-based wearable tech is great but it can be tricky to look at data when out on a ride and, what's more, Strava Live Segments – where you get real-time segment metrics – has never been a feature available to Apple Watch users, unlike other GPS watches.

The recent update from ActiveLook solves those problems, becoming the first Apple Watch app to enable Strava Live Segments, as part of a package that can also beam the data in front of your eyes.

ActiveLook is owned by display company MICROOLED, providing the micro-projection technology to power its range of smart glasses, as well as the companion app technology to link the glasses to devices such as a smart watch.

"The integration of Strava's Live Segment functionalities into the ActiveLook application add a unique dimension to endurance sports activities by making data significantly more readable and therefore actionable,” said Eric Marcellin-Dibon, CEO of ENGO Eyewear and MICROOLED.

Once connected via Bluetooth, users are able to display the full range of training metrics that are visible on the Apple Watch itself. This includes heart rate, distance, speed, and laps meaning that there is no need to take your hands off the bars to check in with how you are doing.

"In addition to improved ability to manage effort and performance, athletes maintain eyes up, on the road ahead, to gain improved safety and situational awareness, without looking down," read a press release from ActiveLook.

The new app functionality also includes what ActiveLook describes as "a transformative benefit to runners and cyclists" – Strava Live Segments. Users can now track their progress on a segment in real time, comparing themselves against their own previous performances and also the time of the KOM or QOM holder, helping them judge their effort and work out how hard to push.

The ActiveLook app is currently compatible with smart glasses such as ENGO Eyewear and Julbo. For a full list of compatible devices head over to the ActiveLook website where more information can be found.

Are augmented reality training aids something that you would consider using out on a ride? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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