Earlier this year Oakley introduced new product Airwave to their range that propelled goggle design and technology to the next level. With a built-in heads up display in the form of a fourteen inch feed that integrates GPS and bluetooth, the user is given instant access to jump analytics such as height, distance and airtime.
The goggles come with preloaded maps, music playlist controls and friend tracking capabilities.
Airwave isn’t merely a goggle; it’s a mobile dashboard.
Oakley deployed a group of pro skiers and riders to Argentina’s mountaineering paradise, San Carlos de Bariloche. “We had nightly review sessions, then the Recon guys would work through the night–we’d have app revision to test in the morning,” says Oakley’s Ryan Saylor.
Fast Company interviewed the team behind the innovative product. Here is an outtake. The rest of the interview can be found here.
What did you learn about wearable device testing in the Argentina QA session?
Ryan Saylor, Director of Optics Technology at Oakley: UI and UX experience are the two key drivers. When you have a bunch of mechanical engineers and electronics engineers, a lot of things seem really easy. But my experience was: Take the consumer perspective. Don’t assume they know how to navigate screens, and don’t assume they know how to connect three devices with Bluetooth. That has to be intentional: dumbing down the process.
What specifically were you testing on the platform?
Mike Jensen, QA Tester and Snowboarder at Recon: Following our beta testing trip with Oakley at the beginning of the year, we had redesigned our GUI, navigation app, and for the first time achieved iOS integration.
How big was your team?
Saylor: We had seven people with a good understanding of what to look for: recording bugs, recording issues with the UI and OS, and quantifying feedback on the performance of the goggle.