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December 18, 2013

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Heads Up
Vuzix Debuts Waveguide Optics

Zeiss Updates cinemizer Headtracker

Sight Seeing
Mobile App for Presbyopes

Next Dimension
The $99 Eye Tracker


Heads Up

Vuzix Smart Glasses Are First to Use Waveguide Optics

Although there is plenty of excitement surrounding the introduction of heads-up displays in eyeglasses and eyeglass-like products, the form factor of this first generation of wearable technology for consumers is still evolving. The size, weight and unfamiliar appearance of the display may be off-putting to consumers who don't want to look like a cyborg. Some market observers believe that widespread consumer acceptance of these types of augmented reality (AR) eyewear won't happen until the displays are more completed integrated into the frame and lens design.

Now Vuzix, the Rochester, N.Y.-based company specializing in smart glasses, has come up with a new display technology based on Waveguide optics that solves some of these design issues.



Zeiss Offers New SDK Version of cinemizer Headtracker

Last April, Carl Zeiss introduced a head tracker for cinemizer, its nifty OLED multimedia glasses. The device, which replaces the right ear clip and is directly attached to the frame, enables easy and completely intuitive control via simple head movements.

It is connected to a computer via USB cable and is automatically recognized as a computer mouse. The integrated gyro sensors record 1:1 all head rotations and forward them directly to the computer.


Sight Seeing

New App Aims to Eliminate Dependency on Reading Glasses

GlassesOff Inc., a neuroscience technology company based in Israel, has launched GlassesOff, an iPhone application that aims to eliminate the dependency on reading glasses of people over the age of 40 who have presbyopia.

The GlassesOff app is designed to improve the image processing function in the visual cortex of the brain, without changing the optical characteristics of the eye.



Next Dimension

Eye Tracking for the Masses

The Eye Tribe, a group of young, tech savvy entrepreneurs, wants to bring eye tracking to the masses. Toward that end, the Danish company has developed what it claims is "the world's first $99 eye tracker with full SDK." The slim device, which can fit onto mobile devices and computers, is powered by software that enables hands-free navigation of websites and apps, eye activated login, enhanced gaming experiences, and cloud-based user engagement analytics.


Andrew Karp, Group Editor, Lenses and Technology

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