Erogear Releases Wearable Bluetooth LED Display System for Atheletes

Erogear, a leading provider of large-format wearable display technology today announced a new product line named “Fos.” These new devices are fabric patches each containing a high-brightness LED grid and Bluetooth for wireless display of 16-bit graphics, text and animations from any Bluetooth Classic or Low Energy device. Based on a new architecture, Fos averages less than 2mm thick, weighs 32 grams and is flexible as typical fabric.

A FOS LED display being bent to show its flexibility. (Photo: Erogear)

Fos can be programmed to display GPS-guided turn signals, athletic statistics and other imagery on-demand and in real-time. Cycling visibility is increased as Fos displays animated content unique to the user, while music-lovers can share sound-reactive designs with one another. Promoters can engage local and remote participants via social network messaging.

A cyclist wearing a FOS LED display waits in traffic. (Photo: Erogear)

The Fos line can be tiled both horizontally and vertically, providing a scalable solution for visibility and event participation. The devices are encased in fabric and lined about the perimeter with 0.5in Velcro® for easy application to and removal from garments and shoulder bags. A thin hidden wire protrudes from the rear and connects to a diminutive Lithium-Ion battery pack.

Fos being programmed using a computer and Android system cellphone.  (Photo: Erogear)

Erogear has provided an Application Programming Interface (API) with companion app for Android®-based tablets and mobile phones, with iOS® and desktop support to follow. The API provides a simple means for app developers to connect and send their imagery to Fos devices at up to 60 frames-per-second, an industry first.

A man with a FOS system on his backpack. (Photo: Erogear)

“Wearable electronics have long been an interest in the apparel industry, and Fos is the first comprehensive solution to the issues of capability, wearability and cost,” said Anders Nelson, Principal of Erogear. 

A FOS display being tested. (Photo: Erogear)

Pricing and Availability

Fos has been priced to meet the demands of cyclists, runners and music lovers everywhere. A single-height unit with 32x8 pixel grid is priced at US$ 149, a double-height unit with 32x16 grid is priced at US$ 299, and a bespoke leather belt with 96x8 grid is available for US$ 599. All packages come with everything required and are available now through Erogear’s Kickstarter campaign linked here: Kickstarter - Erogear

A set of Fos display plus accessories. (Photo: Erogear)
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