Microsoft’s concept smartglasses will warn you to step away from that burger

Food tracking remains one of the biggest challenges for health-focused wearables, but Microsoft could be hatching a plan to make it a whole lot easier to keep an eye on what you should and shouldn’t be tucking away.

The tech giant was recently granted a patent for a wearable food nutrition feedback system that looks less HoloLens and more like a pair of Oakley shades. According to the filing the possible future product will use a see-through, head mounted display and “sensing devices” to provide feedback on food items detected in the device field of view.

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The augmented reality glasses will apparently be able to monitor sight, sound, location, temperature and motion, using eyeball tracking tech to know what items the user is looking at. Once identified, an image processing engine then analyses the item and pulls up nutritional information based on data provided by a manufacturer, submitted by a restaurant or from a similar recipe.

Gesture recognition is then used to identify the food item chosen by the wearer plus the glasses track sound and head movement to determine when you start eating.

The listing also goes on to explain how warnings could be provided based on a user’s personal dietary requirements or allergies. It can also factor in general nutritional information, track calorie and nutritional intake to give you a heads up when you should steer clear from any calorie busting items you’ve spied. Like the image below illustrates, it will tell you whether it’s wise to have another big meal for the day.

Microsoft smart glasses will warn you to step away from that burger

Other features will include GPS to track your location. The system knows when you walk into a certain restaurant to pull up reviews in order to help you decide whether you should stick around and order or make a dash for the door. There’s also talk of other social elements like making it easy to share information on previous meals with other users.

The patent was originally filed in 2015 and follows on from other food related patents Microsoft has filed in the past including one for analysing restaurant menus and another based around food allergies.

To say this is an ambitious idea is an understatement. There’s so much here that Microsoft will have to get right on the hardware and software front to make this a reality. Will it be able to house the tech into something that looks more Snapchat Specs than Google Glass? We might be waiting a while before we see someone walking around with food analysing smartglasses. Wearing sunglasses in winter seems strange but is a good idea

The lower angle of winter sun can damage unprotected eyes, a Taranaki optometrist has warned.

People need to be vigilant about protecting their eyes in winter as lower sun angles and UV exposure on unprotected eyes put them at greater risk of cataracts, ocular melanoma, and skin cancers around the eyelids, Stratford Optometrists’ Phillipa Charteris said.

“Despite UV levels being higher in spring and summer, eyes are naturally shaded during the hotter months as they are deep set – and thus partially protected when the sun is high in the sky. However, this means there can be more direct exposure on winter days when the sun sits lower.”

And the risk is compounded by a more casual attitude towards sun smart behaviour as the weather cools, Charteris said.

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“People relax their guard in winter, thinking that the ambient temperature is equivalent to UV levels, however the increased UV exposure from activities near snow or water like skiing and fishing can contribute to an elevated risk of damage. Summer messages for UV protection such as wearing sunglasses and hats are not in the front of their mind, but UV rays are still present and can still do harm.”

Even people who are just out taking a walk every morning need to be aware and children are particularly in danger of UV exposure, she said.

UV damage to eyes is cumulative and irreversible, and is believed to contribute to several serious eye conditions that can result in vision loss, including cataracts and corneal degeneration.

It is also considered a cause of ocular melanoma as well as skin cancer around the eyes and eyelids, which accounts for an estimated 5-10 per cent of skin cancer patients.

Always wear UV protective eyewear when outside – all year round.

With an estimated 3 million people globally going blind every year due to prolonged UV exposure, important for everyone to take further steps to look after their eyes, she said. : Rudy Project Tralyx sunglasses

The Rudy Project Tralyx sunglasses stand out. They aren’t as familiar as Oakleys or other well-known eyewear brands, but they sacrifice little when it comes to performance. However, at $250, the price is a little steep for their unique look.

The Tralyx’s aesthetics hinge on the swooping, curved frame, which in the case of our test pair was a gaudy hue of gold, to match the Bahrain-Merida team’s kit. Fortunately, Rudy offers 12 color options for the frame.

The frame temples have ample cut-outs but felt solid, not flimsy. With soft, rubber tips, the shades fit comfortably, and if your head is particularly small, you can bend the Tralyx’s rubber for a more snug fit.

We tested the RP Optics Multilaser Orange lens, which had a mirrored finish that worked well on bright Colorado days. Perhaps this hue will be a bit dark if you’re riding in and out of shadowy forests, such as the hills around Santa Cruz or a New England trail. We also appreciated the lens’s gradient tint, making the top a bit darker than the bottom — it was easier to glance down at a GPS head unit.

The Tralyx seems more inclined toward ventilation than full coverage, between the open, rimless bottom of the lens and the vent holes throughout. We appreciated the air flow on slow, sweaty climbs. At speed, the design didn’t present any problems for our contact lens-wearing eyes, but if your eyes are extra-sensitive to wind, the Tralyx might not protect as much as other options, such as an Oakley Jawbreaker. You could also consider the Tralyx’s XL lens size for more coverage. (We tested the smaller SX lens.) It is relatively easy to swap lenses, and Rudy Project offers an array of tints.

With optical quality on par with nearly all other major offering, Rudy Project’s Tralyx is a fine sunglasses option if you’re looking for a unique aesthetic, however the price might give you pause. Oakley’s Radar, for example, has a similar design and sells for $190. Smith’s PivLock Arena comes in at $189 with a spare lens included.

If you’re not turned off by the price, the Tralyx is a high-performance piece of eyewear with a fresh look — even if you opt for something more subdued than the gold frame.
Read more at | Editor’s Review: Oakley Flight Deck goggle with PRIZM lens technology

In 2014, Oakley introduced the Flight Deck goggle with PRIZM lens technology. I absolutely loved it and wrote rave reviews. Three years later, in 2017, I continue to turn to this goggle time, and time and time again.

The Flight Deck goggle draws inspiration from the helmet visors worn by fighter pilots; the end goal for Oakley was to offer the widest field of view while remaining fully helmet compatible. I’d say they hit the nail on the head.

The large frame size and clean, rimless design yield a field of view that’s unrivaled—in my humble and correct opinion. Having sported the Flight Deck with helmets from upwards of one dozen brain-bucket-manufacturers, I can say quite confidently that you’d be hard-pressed to find a lid that doesn’t fit seamlessly with this goggle.

The additional bonuses are plentiful. I love the catchy, spaceman-esque look. This goggle turns heads everywhere I roam. And despite the oversized look, it fits very well on small and medium faces. I often recommend the Flight Deck to folks who wear prescription glasses; the frame and its foam fit well over most any pair of glasses and the lens sits far enough away from the face that you shouldn’t experience any “inappropriate grinding” between the glasses and the lens. Furthermore, discreet frame notches at the temple are designed specifically to provide compatibility with most RX eyewear frames.

Not to be overlooked, the face foam is mighty plush, providing for long, comfortable days on the hill. Said foam is also highly adept in the moisture-wicking department. I have not experienced any fogging with these goggles, except for rare cases where my mouth and nose are covered by a facemask and my heart-rate goes through the roof.

And then there’s the PRIZM tech.

In a nutshell, PRIZM provides increased contrast and boosted color, and thereby extreme optical pleasure.

In more technical terms, PRIZM boosts contrast by emphasizing certain wavelengths along the color spectrum. We like to compare this technology to an equalizer on a stereo; in the same way that one might crank the bass while enjoying a hip-hop track, PRIZM breaks light into individual colors and boosts certain ones while filtering out others. You as a PRIZM user thereby observe an enhancement in the contours, details and definition of snow environments. This allows you to see clearer, react quicker and ride with more confidence.

Many goggle manufacturers out there produce their own proprietary lens tech. Spy’s Happy Lens, Dragon’s Lumens and Smith’s ChromaPop are just a few examples. These variations are all fantastic in their own right and are worth exploring. I’ve tried much of what’s out there and Oakley’s PRIZM remains my go-to.

Regarding the various PRIZM tints, I’ve tested Sapphire Iridium (blue, above), Torch Iridium (red, below), Rose and HI Pink (pink, below). Both Sapphire Iridium and Torch Iridium (11 – 20% VLT) work wonderfully in both sunny and cloudy conditions. I can’t stress this enough: You can sport this lens on the brightest of days and also on a crumby, super-gray day. When light is ultra-flat, Rose PRIZM (21% + VLT) has you covered, while providing plenty of versatility. HI Pink (around 25% VLT) can be turned to when you encounter the nastiest of fog.

Candidly, the Flight Deck’s gasket-like Ridgelock lens-change system is not the most user-friendly. But, when you’re sporting the likes of the Sapphire or Torch Iridium PRIZM lenses (I recommend these above all others), you simply won’t need to swap lenses—hardly ever. Any reservations about the versatility of these lenses should be discarded.

All told, the peripheral vision coupled with the boost in contrast and color will open up your world and inspire confidence while skiing. What more could you ask for from a goggle?

Also worth checking out: For springtime backcountry skiing missions, the Wind Jacket sunglasses with PRIZM lenses are a must-have. | Bikes, sunglasses returned

The RCMP returned two stolen bikes and several pairs of Oakley sunglasses to The Bike Barn in Penticton in recent weeks.

Will Pratt, co-owner of the bike store on Westminster Avenue, said it has been a big relief to get the items, which are now for sale in the store, back.

“I was pleasantly surprised and super appreciative of the fine work the RCMP did,” he said.

During the break-in on March 13, two high-end bikes were taken from their repair shop as well as the entire Oakley sunglasses inventory.

A few weeks later, Pratt said the police called to say they had caught the guy who broke into the store and that they had the stolen merchandise.

The bikes and sunglasses have since been returned. One bike has already sold, with the other still in their inventory.

The sunglasses are back in their case and being sold for 40 to 70 per cent off. | ‘Coachella, here we come!’ Bloggers Natasha Oakley and Pia Muehlenbeck lead Australian celebrities attending desert music festival

It’s a major American music festival, known for attracting A-list celebrities.

And Coachella will have its fair share of Australian guests this weekend, with several local celebrities descending on Palm Springs.

Bloggers Natasha Oakley and Pia Muehlenbeck have already begun their Californian desert adventure, arriving on Thursday afternoon. 

'Coachella here we come!' Coachella will have its fair share of Australian guests this weekend, with several local celebrities descending on Palm Springs - including blogger Pia Muehlenbeck

‘Coachella here we come!’ Coachella will have its fair share of Australian guests this weekend, with several local celebrities descending on Palm Springs – including blogger Pia Muehlenbeck

Pia documented her journey to on Instagram, sharing photos of her flight to the US and announcing: ‘Coachella here we come!’

She has already shared her festival outfits with her 1.8 million followers, including a long-haired boho chic look.

Pouting for the camera, Pia wore long hair extensions teased into small buns, along with a summery patterned dress.

You beauty! Pia, a model and 'social media influencer' has already shared her festival outfits with her 1.8 million Instagram followers, including a long-haired boho chic look

You beauty! Pia, a model and ‘social media influencer’ has already shared her festival outfits with her 1.8 million Instagram followers, including a long-haired boho chic look

On the road: Pia also documented her journey to Coachella with her boyfriend on Instagram

On the road: Pia also documented her journey to Coachella with her boyfriend on Instagram

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In the caption, the law graduate-turned-blogger told fans she had filmed a tutorial so they can achieve the same look.

Meanwhile, LA-based blogger Natasha has also been getting ready for the festival, arriving in Palm Springs with her friends.

‘About to head to the desert,’ she captioned a selfie of herself in sunglasses and a stylish low-cut top.

Festival bound: Meanwhile, LA-based blogger Natasha has also been getting ready for the festival, arriving in Palm Springs with her friends

Festival bound: Meanwhile, LA-based blogger Natasha has also been getting ready for the festival, arriving in Palm Springs with her friends

Boho babe! The bikini designer later shared a photo of herself from a Palm Springs hotel

Boho babe! The bikini designer later shared a photo of herself from a Palm Springs hotel

Tash Oakley poses in bikini with a horse before jetting out to sea

The bikini designer later shared a photo of her from a Palm Springs hotel, embracing the bohemian spirit of the festival in a breezy white ensemble.

Supermodel Shanina Shaik, 26, is also preparing for Coachella, teasing fans with her distinctive new hairstyle on Instagram.

She shared a photo on Thursday of herself with sporting braids, writing in the caption: ‘Looking right for the festival.’

Styled up! Supermodel Shanina Shaik is also preparing for Coachella, teasing fans with her distinctive new hairstyle on Instagram

Styled up! Supermodel Shanina Shaik is also preparing for Coachella, teasing fans with her distinctive new hairstyle on Instagram

It also marks an anniversary of sorts for Shanina, as she first met her now-fiancé DJ Ruckus at the annual festival.

Justin Bieber’s former fling Sahara Ray, 23, also appears to be in Palm Springs, sharing videos to Instagram of her Coachella look.

In a recent clip, the swimsuit model wears a sheer top and face glitter, and styles her blonde hair in a chic updo.

Festival ready! Justin Bieber's former fling Sahara Ray (right) also appears to be in Palm Springs, sharing videos to Instagram of her Coachella look

Festival ready! Justin Bieber’s former fling Sahara Ray (right) also appears to be in Palm Springs, sharing videos to Instagram of her Coachella look | The Scoop On Skiing Smoothies

Smoothies is THE spring run at Squaw Valley. We asked Squaw Valley Ski Patroller Ben Leech to give us the scoop on the elusive Smoothies run and how to find it:
Why Smoothies is awesome
Smoothies is a favorite springtime run. It’s almost a novelty because it only stays open for an hour or two in the morning. It just makes people want it that much more. It’s called “Smoothies” because in order for it to be open, and be in its prime, it has to be perfect California corn snow. It stays “smooth” because ski patrol closes it when the temperature gets too warm and the snow starts to get ruts in it. This is how Smoothies stays smooth.
How to access Smoothies
To access Smoothies, ride to the top of Granite Chief chair. From the top of the chair you’ll want to traverse as high as possible in Hidden Bowl, below Granite Peak. Usually there will be a traverse line to follow. The Smoothies gate is all the way at the far north boundary. There is an OPEN/CLOSED sign at the gate as well as at the top of the Granite Lift to let people know before they make the long traverse. Once you pass through Smoothies gate, there are several different open faces to ski that lead back down to the Silverado lift. This terrain has a backcountry feel to it so we always recommend skiing with someone who has skied the Smoothie before. Happy corn skiing!
When you make it out to Smoothies, be sure to take in the unique views! Share your best spring moments on Twitter and Instagram with #springskiingcapital for a chance to win Oakley goggles, sunglasses, a GoPro and 2017-18 Gold Season Pass. Contest details >>

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cheap oakley sunaglssesMonday, on her 22nd birthday, Eagle-Vail’s Mikaela Shiffrin gave an interesting answer that leads to more questions about the superstar’s future in ski racing.

“To be honest, I’m still not totally sure that skiing is my purpose,” Shiffrin said. “I think I have multiple purposes, and that’s one of the most exciting things about being young and having the success that I’ve had is that I may be able to explore those other purposes some day.”

Shiffrin already has 31 World Cup victories to her name, including two over the weekend in Squaw Valley, California. A three-time reigning slalom World Champion and 2014 Olympic gold medalist, Shiffrin likely will win her first overall World Cup title this weekend at the Finals in Aspen.

She was one of a handful of big name stars to talk Monday at Casa Tua in Aspen during a panel hosted by Oakley titled “Obsession x Innovation Exchange.”

“Along the lines of obsession, ever since I was little I loved skiing and I never really knew why. I was just passionate about it,” Shiffrin said. “The obsession for me is just feeling like every day I made some breakthrough, no matter how big or small it is.”

cheap oakleyShiffrin locked up the slalom title last weekend in California — her fourth in five years in the discipline — and sits 80 points back of France’s Tessa Worley in the giant slalom standings with only Sunday’s race remaining.

Shiffrin leads Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec by a comfortable 378 points in the chase for the overall title.

Sitting next to Shiffrin on the panel was Vail’s Lindsey Vonn, who trails only Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark for most career World Cup victories (86 to 77). Also on the panel Monday were Erik Guay, Canada’s all-time career leader in World Cup wins, and the Norwegian duo of Aksel Lund Svindal and Henrik Kristoffersen.

Svindal, 34, is a two-time overall World Cup champion (2007, 2009) who won Olympic gold in super-G at the 2010 Vancouver Games. He is sitting out the Finals this week as he recovers from knee surgery. This didn’t stop him from stealing the spotlight, however, his harmless banter with the others leading to plenty of laughs from the packed, invite-only room.

“There is something about skiing that is keeping people grounded,” Svindal said. “If you just like winning, then you aren’t going to be good at it. You have to love skiing, because there is a lot of skiing that has nothing to do with winning.”

Non-athletes on the panel included Wayne Chumbley, the performance testing manager for Oakley Vision, and Lyndsay Young, a physical therapist for the U.S. Ski Team. ESPN senior writer Alyssa Roenigk moderated the event.

“For me, I don’t normally do events like this at Finals,” Vonn said. “When we all do it together, then it makes it worthwhile.”