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  1. Hold the remote so that the back button is on the bottom left and the LED is on the top left. Hold down the left and right button together and the remote should go into pair mode (LED will flash orange). When you turn on your Flight HUD, you should see the 6-character remote ID. Press the power button on the Flight HUD and any button on the remote.
  2. I agree -- that would have been nice. Some people already own Recon-ready goggles or would prefer to hack their own solution. The overall price wasn't bad, though. Cost of: Flight HUD (first 250 orders): $299 Flight HUD (all other orders, except bulk purchases): $349 Uvex G. GL 9 + MOD (non-Flight HUD) bundle: $349 Uvex G. GL 9 goggle only: $180 MSRP; $105 Amazon MOD (non-Flight HUD): $299 MOD Live (Android based HUD): $399 Recon Instruments didn't call this a first generation consumer product. As a Recon Labs project, this is a prototype, although it's a hell of a lot cheaper than the $1,500 Google Glass prototype.
  3. No, this is not possible. See the pictures I posted at the bottom of this page to see why.
  4. I'll have to see how it fits mine when I'm at the DZ. My helmet's in my locker there. Most ski helmets and Protecs would work fine. For full-face helmets, I'd remove the MOD unit and find a way to place it inside. See this thread.
  5. Bear in mind that this is beta product from the outset, kind of like Google Goggles, but much cheaper. The success of this product depends on the feedback we provide and how responsive Recon Instruments is in implementing changes. On the ski-goggle side of their business, there's still work to be done, but they've come a long way since the original Recon Transcend. Unlike the Transcend, Flight HUD is not even a final product.
  6. The 5 bytes have the temperature data. I converted some of my MOD Live RIB files from a recent heli skiing trip to GPX -- the temperature was listed in a comment field next to each data point. On another note, I'm not sure how well the GPS lock holds in a Twin Otter; it was pretty good in a Bell 212, but not as good as the Wintec WBT-201.
  7. I added a bunch of pictures/screenshots on here. Someone's come up with a way to turn the funky GPS data into GPX files:, although I'm still sticking with my WBT-201 for the time being. Based on using these units for skiing over the last three seasons, battery life is around 4-5 hours with the screen turned on the entire time, and around 7-8 hours with the screen off most of the time. Since you'd have the screen off in the plane and exposure to the cold would be limited in skydiving, I can see this lasting at least a day or two. Edit: Typos
  8. My Recon Flight HUD (#89 of 616) just arrived. I haven't had a chance to test it out, but having owned every Recon unit (Transcend, MOD, MOD Live) since they came on the market 2-3 years ago, I'm very familiar with them. Flight HUD Photos Flight HUD Screenshots YouTube - Zeal Transcend Interface [1st Generation Recon] YouTube - MOD Live Interface before the recent software update [2nd Generation Recon] The Flight HUD user interface hasn't been updated to the new 3rd generation UI that the MOD Live received a few months ago. However, compared to the MOD Live, the startup time is very short (~10s vs 40s). This isn't surprising, because Flight HUD is based on the relatively lightweight MOD. MOD Live is based on Android; it has more features, but it's also more power hungry. It's possible to zero out the altitude by pressing the left/right buttons on the remote. Those buttons adjust the altitude up or down by 3 ft per click. There is also an option to switch between Snow and Flight modes. Let me know if you have any other questions.
  9. +1. I will be in at 300 (or maybe twice that - heck they say it can be done in time for a Christmas present), but they can also take $75000 from the first 250 suckers and be gone... Why doesn't ParaGear step in and order 150?