The Ghost Pacer: Augmented Reality Running Glasses Guide

The Ghost Pacer is a set of augmented reality running glasses designed to help you train to be a better runner. A heads up display in the glasses lets you keep up the pace to a virtual training partner in real-time.

In this guide, we’ll go over the Ghost Pacer and it’s features. We’ll show you where to buy the glasses and how to be a better runner with them.

Quick Buy

The Ghost Pacer can be purchased right now on Kickstarter. Get your hands on these AR running glasses as quick as possible by backing the project today.

The opening price on Kickstarter to buy The Ghost Pacer is $199 USD. This is $150 off the MSRP price of $349!

Until then, check out everything you need to know about the glasses below.

What is the Ghost Pacer?

the ghost pacer glasses

The Ghost Pacer is a set of glasses that runners can wear while they train. The glasses use augmented reality to overlay a holographic avatar in your vision. This allows you to always have a frame of reference of how fast you should be going. They are similar to the EyeRide HUD, but designed for runners.

The creator of the company, AbdurRahman “AR” Bhatti, is a former all-state cross-country runner who came up with the idea. Training to be a good runner is much more effective when you run with others. Since aligning schedules is hard, even more so during a pandemic, The Ghost Pacer provides an awesome alternative.

Using augmented reality, the glasses projects a live avatar in your space in real time. The avatar runs alongside you, showing you what pace you need to run to get better. The Ghost Pacer will always tell you, as you are running, whether you are sticking to your goal pace. If not, the avatar will guide you in shifting your performance to get back on track. By helping keep you on pace, the Ghost Pacer will maximize the value of each run and workout. 

Ghost Pacer Pro

The Pro glasses add the ability to give you suggest daily workouts and routes tailored specifically to your fitness profile. As well, the Pro holographic avatar is calibrated to change its pace mid-run along your route to help you optimize your work out and improve further.

You also get the ability to synchronize your heart rate with a smart watch. Your avatar will adjust its speed to keep your heart rate in the optimal training area. Over 60 smart watches are compatible, including the Apple Watch, Garmin, and more.

Stretch Goals

The Kickstarter for the Ghost Pacer has a number of stretch goals that can be reached as well. With $100,000 pledged, you will have the choice of up to 10 different avatars to run with. For $250,000, a third color of these AR glasses will be available other than black and white.

If $500,000 is raised, a real-time racing feature will be added to the Pro glasses. This will let you run against your friend in real time by having your holographic avatar be your friend’s pace and speed in real time.

The Ghost Pacer Features

These glasses come with a few neat features that runners will like.

the ghost pacer companion app

Companion App

A companion app powered by Strava lets you find special routes in your area with the glasses to race along. This makes running fun and exciting because you can find routes in your area that others have done and enjoyed. After you are done, you can see a ton of analytics about your pace, route, distance, and more.

Set a Target Pace

In order to become a faster runner, you need to set a faster pace than what you did previous. Ghost Pacer allows you to set your pace time before you run and then match it with your avatar in real time.

Race Your Friends

You can run with your friends if you aren’t together at the same time. First, you download the route and speed from a run that your friend has completed. Then, these AR running glasses will show you how you are doing in real-time.

Smart Watch Integration

The Ghost Pacer Pro glasses can also connect with the heart rate sensors in select popular smartwatches. The avatar will be able to change its speed in real-time to keep your exertion levels in the optimal ranges.

Lightweight

A lot of augmented reality displays in the market are heavy, but not the Ghost Pacer. These running glasses weigh 90 grams and fit on your head nicely.

As you’ll see in the specifications below, these augmented reality glasses are lightweight and not a burden for the runner.

Ghost Pacer Specifications

  • Weight = 90g
  • Battery Time = 6 hours
  • Battery Capacity = 800 mAh
  • Thickness = 13 mm at thickest point
  • AR field of view = 30 degrees
  • Recharge time = 1 hour
  • Integration with Strava, Apple Watch, Garmin, Coros and Polar Watches
  • Dust and splash resistant

How to Buy The Ghost Pacer

These augmented reality running glasses launched on Kickstarter on August 5th, 2020. Click here to view the Ghost Pacer Kickstarter page now.

What do you think of these augmented reality glasses? If you’ve backed the Kickstarter project, comment below!

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