Pre orders started today for the Recon Jet, a wearable computer embedded in sports sunglasses that is Vancouver’s own answer to Google Glass. The Jet is expected to ship late this year.And while Google Glass has been making headlines, it was Vancouver, then start up Recon Instruments that first introduced heads up display, wearable computing to the market.Here’s a video from a visit to Recon’s Yaletown office where I had a chance to try out the Recon Jet.It was the brainchild of University of BC graduates students Hamid Abdollahi, Dan Eisenhardt andFraser Hall, who wanted to create swim goggles that could capture and deliver performance data to athletes in the pool.Article Sidebar Share CloseShare this Story: Recon Jet starts taking pre orders Copy Link Email Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn TumblrStory continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.Article content continued”This was a very, very early concept of the swimming goggles back in 2006,” said Abdollahi, pointing to a now years old prototype among several iterations of the company’s technology lined up on a table in a boardroom at Recon’s Yaletown headquarters.”This was way back before Google even thought of Google Glass.”Hamid Abdollahi, co founder Recon InstrumentsWhile the swim goggle never made it to production, Recon’s heads up display was first introduced to the market in 2010 with its goggles for skiing and snowboarding.”We started with ski goggles,” said Abdollahi, who co founded the now 47 person company with Eisenhardt, Hall and and Darcy Hughes. “Our first commercial product was in partnership with Zeal Optic out of Boulder, Colorado and the very first heads up display goggles we introduced in the market in 2010.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.Article content continuedFrom there, the company partnered with a number of other major brands, from Oakley, to Smith Optics, Scott and others, giving it access to ski goggle and snow market.Just as the idea behind the swim goggles was to deliver real time information to athletes about their performance, the Recon Jet is the dry land counterpart, delivering similar data for cyclists, runners, golfers and other sports pros and enthusiasts.Google Glass and the Recon Jet are similar, in that they put a tiny computer screen in front of the user’s eye, where it can deliver information and accept commands kind of like ‘honey I shrunk the smartphone.’..