Newly Formed Mitsui Subsidiary to Revive PixelOptics Electronic Eyewear

By Staff
Friday, November 21, 2014 12:24 AM SAN JOSE, Calif.—When the PixelOptics company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in November, 2013, the future of the company’s pioneering electronic, autofocusing eyewear technology was uncertain. Now, a year later, a newly formed Mitsui subsidiary called Whole You, Inc., led by CEO Yasunori Nishiyama  is preparing to reintroduce and reposition an improved version of PixelOptics eyewear.

New Study Shows Car Drivers’ Performance With Adlens Adjustables

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:00 AM OXFORD, U.K.—Car drivers perform at the same level whether they wear Adlens adjustable focus eyewear perform or prescription eyewear, according to a new research study conducted by Adlens and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

Smart Glasses Developer Laforge Optical Receives $1.1 Million From Somo Optical

By Staff
Friday, November 14, 2014 12:15 AM SAN MATEO, Calif.— Laforge Optical, the California-based startup that is developing a line of conventionally-styled smart glasses, has received $1.1 million from Somo Optical to fund lens development, manufacturing development, and development of its proprietary camera system.

Avegant Raises $9.37 Million in New Round of Funding

By Staff
Monday, November 10, 2014 12:23 AM REDWOOD CITY, Calif.— Avegant, a developer of wearable near eye displays based here, announced that they have raised $9.37 million in a Series A funding.

Second Sight Plans $32 Million IPO

By Staff
Monday, November 10, 2014 12:18 AM SYLMAR, Calif.— Second Sight Medical Products, maker of the Argus II retinal prosthesis implant, announced Friday that it is planning for an initial public offering worth nearly $32 million.

FDA Approves VisionCare's Telescope Implant for Macular Degeneration in Patients 65 Years and Older

By Staff
Friday, October 17, 2014 12:30 AM SARATOGA, Calif.— VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, a developer of advanced visual prosthetic devices for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), announced earlier this month that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Implantable Miniature Telescope (by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz) for use in patients living with bilateral end-stage age-related macular degeneration who are age 65 or older.

Rochester Optical Expands Footprint in Fast-growing Wearables Market

By Staff
Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:33 AM ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Eyewear manufacturer, wholesaler and optical lab operator Rochester Optical is significantly expanding its presence in the fast-growing wearable technology market with two new partnerships announced this week.

Google’s ‘Giving Through Glass’ Contest Winners Envision Diverse Uses

By Andrew Karp
Monday, September 15, 2014 12:00 AM NEW YORK—Google recently announced the five winners of its “Giving through Glass” contest in which nonprofit organizations offered their visions of how they would use the company’s proprietary smart glasses.

ChipSiP SiMEye Smart Glass Wins Best Choice Award at Computex 2014

By Staff
Monday, September 01, 2014 12:00 AM TAIPEI, Taiwan—ChipSiP Technology Co., a Taiwanese company that is a leader in turnkey SiP (System in Package) technology, announced that its SiMEye Smart Glass has awarded the Best Choice of Computex Taipei 2014 Award.

Tobii Gaze Viewer Provides Eye Tracking Data for Easy AAC Assessment

By Andrew Karp
Monday, September 01, 2014 12:00 AM

STOCKHOLM— Tobii Assistive Technology, a division of the Tobii group, has launched Tobii Gaze Viewer, a compact assessment tool intended to give professionals and caretakers quick, simple, on-the-fly eye-tracking evaluations for vision assessments, cognition, reminiscence testing and even reading comprehension.

Argus II Implant Patient Discusses Her Experience with the Artificial Retina

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, August 28, 2014 11:00 AM VM introduced readers to Second Sight’s groundbreaking Argus II artificial retina implant at our 2012 Global Leadership Summit.

Monoqool 3D Printed Glasses

By Catherine Wolinski
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:00 AM Studio Optyx, a luxury design house of boutique and technical eyewear based in St. Louis, Mo. recently released a video to coincide with its new collection of Monoqool frames, the IQ series. Accompanying the frames' smart design is the eye-opening process of how they are made—3D printing.

Oxford University Researchers Develop Smartglasses for Low Vision Users

By Eye² Staff
Friday, August 15, 2014 4:00 PM Smartglasses developed at Oxford University in England for the registered blind are being used for wearer trials in public spaces for the first time.

Vision Expo West 2014 Introduces Exclusive Wearable Technology CE Track

By Staff
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:20 AM NORWALK, Conn.—As wearable technology continues to invigorate the world of eyecare through both form and function, International Vision Expo & Conference will introduce a targeted new CE track dedicated to educating attendees on what this technology means for the industry’s future, and how to maximize its business potential.

VSP Global Opens Innovation and R&D Lab

By Staff
Monday, July 21, 2014 12:33 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The recent collaboration between VSP Global, Google and designer Diane von Furstenberg that produced a fashionable take on Google Glass resulted from a new VSP Global initiative announced last week.