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  April 16, 2014
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VM's Eye² Zone Brings the Glimpse of Future to Vision Expo

By Eye² Staff

International Vision Expo attendees got a glimpse of the future of eyewear when they stepped into Vision Monday's Eye² Zone, a special exhibit of new vision technologies on display in New York City last month.

Curated by Eye² editor, Andrew Karp, the Zone was crowded with curious show-goers throughout the three-days of Expo (March 28 - 30). Visitors tried out the latest smartglasses such as Google Glass, Pupil from Kopin and Epiphany Eyewear from Vergence Labs, as well as Google Glass-optimized lenses from Rochester Optical. iOptik from Innovega showed how its special contact lenses let wearers see virtual and augmented reality images. Gunnar's Crystalline Lenses, which protect the eyes of computer users, also attracted attention, as did Pivothead's video-enabled sunglasses and Evena's Eyes-On Glasses, which help medical professionals see veins. Eyecare professionals interested in the latest low vision technology were fascinated with OrCam's frame-mounted device that helps the visually impaired and blind "read" signage and other printed material. Sports enthusiasts had fun checking out Zeal Optics' Bluetooth-enabled Z3 GPS MOD Live Ski Goggles.

The slideshow below takes you inside the Zone.

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Setting Up the Zone »

Elizabeth Ariniello makes a final check of one of the cubicles in the Eye2 Zone, where all things high tech will be found on opening day of Vision Expo.

Karp Curates Eye2 Zone »

Vision Monday's Andrew Karp tries on the Kopin Pupil smartglass at the Eye2 Zone

Google Demos Glass »

A visitor (l) to VM's Eye2 Zone gets a Google Glass demo from Wendy Emerson (r) of Rochester Optical, while RO's Tim Moore observes.

Gunnar Showcase »

Matt Gardille from Gunnar Optiks showcases the company's computer vision lens technology in the Eye2 Zone.

Epiphany on Display »

David Meisenholder demonstrates Epiphany Eyewear, the computer-enabled video recording glasses developed by Vergence Labs on display in the Eye2 Zone.

Evena Medical in the Zone »

David Yeh of Evena Medical makes sure all is in order before the show doors open.

VM With Pivothead »

Vision Monday's Catherine Wolinski (l) checks out what's new in the Eye2 Zone with Pivothead's Jordan Elder.

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