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April 17, 2013

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Heads Up
Introducing Epiphany Eyewear

Google Glass Infographic

Sight Seeing
Organic Artificial Retina

Peripheral Vision
Smart White Cane


Heads Up

Smart Glasses That Actually Look Like Eyewear

By Andrew Karp

If you're hungry for a pair of smart specs but don't want to look like a cyborg, check out Epiphany Eyewear. Created by Vergence Labs, a California-based start-up, the stylish specs feature a thick, black frame made of "shape-memory" nylon, spring hinges and polarized, UV-blocking lenses. They were designed by David Meisenholder, whose portfolio includes Lady Gaga's GL-20 Polaroid video glasses.

Similarly, Epiphany boasts HD video recording with audio, which is controlled by a tactile "on" button on the right temple, and HD live streaming through a compatible tablet to YouGen.TV and Facebook.



Infographic Shows How Google Glass Works

German artist Martin Missfeldt has created an interesting infographic that shows how Google Glass works. The infographic, published on the website brille-kaufen.org, is based on Missfeldt's review of Google patents and other publicly available information.

In his accompanying notes, Missfeldt called Google Glass "a technical masterpiece" that combines numerous functions and features such as a phone, camera, Internet connection and GPS in a very small unit. He pointed out that the core feature of Google Glass is a visual layer that provides augmented reality on top of the "reality" of what the viewer sees. "This layer opens a door to amazing new possibilities," said Missfeldt.


Sight Seeing

Researchers Make Progress on an Organic Artificial Retina

A polymer-based optoelectronic interface for restoring light sensitivity to the retinas of blind rats was reported online in the journal Nature Photonics last month. The findings highlight the potential for retinal implants to be made from all-organic biocompatible materials, rather than inorganic semiconductors such as silicon.



Peripheral Vision

Industrial Designer Develops Smart White Cane

Selene Chew, an industrial designer from Singapore, wanted to make it easier for visually handicapped people to locate friends and others nearby. Her solution was Blindspot, a smart cane with sonar and phone capabilities.

According to Chew, Blindspot helps visually handicapped people take on an active role in socializing and allows them to venture into places that they had not dared to explore previously. It informs them if a friend or family member is nearby and helps to locate them.


Andrew Karp, Group Editor, Lenses and Technology

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