WEARABLES AND MORE AT CES 2017

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Over the next five years the smart eyewear market will generate more than $8 billion. Currently, more than 20 entries in the categories of smart, virtual and augmented reality eyewear is expected to grow to 10 million units by 2018.

Nowhere was this market growth more evident than at CES 2017, where vision-enhancing devices were throughout the show that took over Las Vegas the first weekend in January.

Among the trailblazers, Rochester Optical participated with the smart eyewear companies, such as Vuzix, for which it has developed its SmartGOLD (Glasses Optimized Lens Design) lenses for use with heads-up displays and its UnderRx lenses technology for use with virtual reality headsets.

uzix itself had its various products on display, including its M100, M300 and M3000 smart glasses. Vuzix newest Blade 3000 smart sunglasses, expected to be on the market by the end of this year, are described as having your computer or smartphone screen information with you wherever you go.

Also on display were products, such as Reticare, designed to protect from the eyestrain and worse, the damage that eyes can experience when overexposed to digital devices.

Witricity showed wireless charging and announced that it has partnered with Dell to incorporate its magnetic resonance technology into the world’s first wireless charging two-in-one notebook, a technology that may one day be incorporated into smart eyewear. Even the Opticwash eyewear cleaning kiosk was on display.

In addition, the following smartglasses, virtual eyewear and other vision-enhancing products were on display at CES 2017.

John Sailer is vice president, editorial, of First Vision Media Group.

Safilo and Interaxon SAFILOX Brain-Sensing Eyewear
Italian eyewear company, Safilo Group, and consumer brain-sensing technology company, Interaxon, presented SAFILOX, an eyewear platform designed to infuse brain-sensing and cognitive training technology into lifestyle and iconic eyewear in the Safilo portfolio, which includes Smith, Carrera and Polaroid. The first product built on the new platform is Smith’s Lowdown Focus Mpowered by Muse. Designed for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts, the new “smart” sunglasses integrate Interaxon’s Muse brain-sensing technology into Smith Lowdown frames to deliver cognitive training technology that measures brainwave activity during meditation and provides guidance to help users relax and focus. Smith Optics 800.635.4401 • SmithOptics.com.

Oakley Radar Pace
Smart eyewear featuring real-time, voice-activated coaching seeks to redefine the way athletes train. The result of years of research and development between Luxottica’s Oakley and Intel, Radar Pace creates personalized training, tracks performance, coaches in real-time and responds to user questions. Supporting athletes during running and cycling, Radar Pace features a hands-free interface powered by Intel Real Speech that helps athletes stay focused. A built-in Bluetooth audio headset allows athletes to place and receive calls and texts and listen to music. With smart technology, external sensors and the Radar Pace app, the device collects and analyzes performance data (power output, heart rate, speed, cadence, time, pace and distance). Oakley, Inc. 800.733.6255 • Oakley.com/Radar-Pace.

PogoTec PogoCam
PogoCam entered the market as the “smallest attachable eyewear camera.” By PogoTec, PogoCam uses PogoTrack, a magnetic “track” that attaches the camera to the eyewear and is currently available on select styles of Rx, plano and sunglasses from Argus Vision, ClearVision Optical, Vista Eyewear and FGX International. PogoCam was designed for the mass market, with PogoTec exploring other uses for PogoTrack: from UV meters and pedometers to monitors that prevent drivers from falling asleep. PogoCam and branded non-Rx sunglasses with PogoTrack will be available this year at big box stores, optical retailers and eyecare offices as well as PogoCam.com and Amazon.com. Customers who purchase via e-commerce will receive a pair of sunglasses with PogoTrack. PogoTec 540.904.5156 • PogoTec.comInfo@PogoTec.com.

 

CooperVision Biofinity Energys
The first contact lens specifically created to combat the eyestrain that can result from today’s digital lifestyles, CooperVision’s Biofinity Energys contact lenses with Digital Zone Optics lens design were engineered combining optical properties with an advanced moisture-retaining polymer material to combat the eye fatigue and dryness that can result from gazing at screens for extended periods of time. Biofinity Energys contact lenses are designed for all-day wear, helping patients’ eyes seamlessly shift between devices and offline activities. This results from its Digital Zone Optics and Aquaform technologies. Aquaform attracts and binds water to retain moisture. CooperVision, Inc. 800.341.2020 • CooperVision.com.

eSight 3
Technology that enables the legally blind to actually see, the eSight 3 electronic glasses from eSight Corp. uses high-tech image processing to give users control over magnification, contrast, brightness, focus and other features important to people with low vision. The electronic glasses contain a proprietary camera that projects adjusted video onto two OLED screens in front of the eyes, in real time. eSight can be used while walking and while shifting between tasks and environments, without interruptions in the image. Because no two people see alike (even with the same diagnosis), eSight ships from the factory with customized personal settings. As compared to the previous iteration, eSight 3 is smaller, lighter, more aesthetic and more comfortable for users. eSight Corp. 855.837.4448 • eSightEyewear.com.

ZEISS VR ONE Plus Virtual Reality Headset
The VR ONE Plus is an upgraded version of the company’s award-winning VR ONE. Designed with the same premium ergonomics, material quality and precision ZEISS optics as the original, changes include a universal smartphone tray that works with any Android or iOS smartphone with a screen size between 4.7 in. and 5.5 in. The ZEISS VR ONE Plus delivers razor-sharp images, and manual adjustments for different pupillary distances are not necessary, making it suitable for people who wear glasses. Users can experience the device immediately using virtual reality apps from Apple iTunes and Google Play, including 3D cinema, 360-degree concerts, a first-person view or 3D games. Carl Zeiss Vision, Inc. 800.358.8258 • Zeiss.com/VRONECustomer.Service@Zeiss.com.

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