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September 18, 2013

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Heads Up
Vision Monday's Eye² Zone Set for Expo West Debut

MoveEye Glasses Offer Gesture-based Control

Sight Seeing
Bionic Contact Lens Uses 'Nonretinal Stimulus'

Peripheral Vision
Stress-Reducing Eyewear


Heads Up

International Vision Expo West to Unveil Vision Monday's Eye² Zone at 2013 Show

International Vision Expo and Vision Monday have announced the redesigned and expanded Eye² Zone to debut at Vision Expo West held Oct. 2 to 5, 2013 (Education: Oct. 2 to 5, Exhibition: Oct. 3 to 5) at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. The Eye² Zone, initially launched at International Vision Expo East in New York City in March, is a dedicated showcase exclusive to Vision Expo where attendees can view and experience non-traditional feats in eyewear and wearable technology.

Vision Monday's Eye² Zone will showcase vision-centered technologies from 12 different exhibitors, many of which were featured at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and other high-tech events throughout the U.S. The booth will incorporate a sectioned area for Daily Tech Talks, allowing live demonstrations and ongoing technology presentations from featured exhibitors, and attendees will also have the opportunity to meet directly with representatives from each of the manufacturers and to interact with the products on display.



MoveEye Glasses Let You Lose the TV Remote

Some techno-trend spotters believe that manipulating a computer with just your eyes—otherwise known as gaze control—will kill off the mouse faster than a mousetrap. Similarly, some say that devices that read hand gestures will soon replace conventional TV remote controls.

One such device is MoveEye, a new type of eyewear that is designed to replace the remote control, mouse, and keyboard, for interaction from a distance with next-generation displays, like smart TVs. Taking touchscreen technology a step further, MoveEye lets you use a gesture as simple as pointing in 3D space to launch applications and navigate media.


Sight Seeing

Bionic Contact Lens Offers 'Nonretinal Stimulus' for Blind People

Scientists are making progress with several new technologies to restoring some functional vision to blind people. The best known of these technologies, the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System from Second Sight, has received FDA approval and is now available to patients in the U.S.

Now Israeli scientists at Bar-Ilan University have developed a sensory substitution device in which nonretinal stimulus is used to generate input to the brain of blind people to substitute for damage or loss of retinal input. The device, which is still under development, consists of a contact lens delivering point mechanical or electrical stimulation of the corneal nerves and a camera mounted on a eyeglass frame which wirelessly transmits processed images to the contact lens, translating the visual information into tactile sensation, according to an article published earlier this year in the journal Optical Engineering, which described how it was tested.



Peripheral Vision

Eyewear That Can Help You Relax

I first encountered The PSiO at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last January. CES attendees were lined up in the aisles waiting to try out the futuristic, fun-looking eyewear-like device.

The PSiO is equipped with ear phones and high-tech electronics, plays synchronized sound and light stimulation programs to which music and voice guidance are sometimes added. The technology is based on a simple principle: distracting attention which is the source of stress and rumination, to lead users on what the company describes as "a kaleidoscopic journey at the edge of sleep." Users are gently propelled into a state of consciousness similar to dreaming which is beneficial for memorization and information processing, according to The PSiO.


Andrew Karp, Group Editor, Lenses and Technology

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