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February 02, 2017
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SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT

National Optronics Intros QM-X3

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Aira’s Assistive Tech for Blind

TOOLS / SUPPLIES

Western Optical Supply’s Latest Plier

SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT

National Optronics’ Compact Edger Offers Industrial Features, Tabletop Price


Product: National Optronics QM-X3
Top Line: To kick off its new Quality Manufacturing (QM) series of edgers, National Optronics is introducing the QM-X3, a tabletop dry edger that features the engineering and cutting-edge technology used in industrial edgers, but at a price point normally associated with tabletops. “This is a real breakthrough in all aspects of edging: speed, reliability, quality, accuracy and features,” said Kevin Paddy, director, finishing at National Optronics. “Add the QM-X3’s ability to process complex shapes, such as partially shelved lenses as well as its optional variable angle drilling, and you have an edger that bridges the gap between large five-axis edgers and compact three-axis tabletops.”
The new edger, which is built in the U.S., will make its North American debut at International Vision Expo East.
Close Up: National Optronics said the QM-X3 is 20 to 30 percent faster than other tabletop edgers because of its high speed linear axis drives and an innovative mechanical design that eliminates unnecessary movements.
This new design also improves motion stability, cutting accuracy, and tolerance to produce an excellent edge quality. Its tool features a unique dual diamond blade design that drastically increases tool life while substantially lowering the cost per edge.
The industrial design of the edger includes direct drive motors for highest precision and robustness, advanced electronics for faster processing speeds and a high speed, high torque spindle drive capable of over 30,000 RPM.
“Don’t let its robustness and feature-rich construction mislead you; the QM-X3 is a perfect fit for both ECPs and wholesale labs. And its capabilities, small footprint and price point make it ideal for any edging application,” said Paddy.
The QM-X3 continues National Optronics’ tradition of green, dry edging but with an option of removing the vacuum, which reduces both energy consumption and noise. A disposable bag collects lens debris from the chamber, which just falls into it. The bag is easily removed for simple, environmentally safe disposal.
Vital Stats: An easy-to-use remote diagnostics function connects the QM-X3 to the internet for the most current software updates and gives National Optronics technicians access to quickly resolve any issues for streamlined support.
www.nationaloptronics.com; (800) 866-5640

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Aira Offers Visual Descriptor Service for Blind


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Product: Aira
Top Line: Aira is a visual descriptor service that connects blind people with a network of certified agents via smart glasses or their phone via the Aira app.
An augmented reality dashboard allows agents to see what the blind person sees in real time. Agents, serving as visual interpreters for the blind, help users accomplish a wide range of daily tasks and activities, from navigating busy streets to recognizing faces and literally traveling the world.
Close Up: The seeds for starting Aira were planted in 2014 when Suman Kanuganti and Yuja Chang struck up a friendship with a blind communications professional Matt Brock. This led them to begin discussing how Google Glass technology could be used to help the blind and visually impaired become more mobile and independent. Using this concept, Kanuganti and Chang were inspired to create a service akin to "OnStar" for the blind.
"We're on a mission to give blind people capabilities which are similar or even greater than sighted people and the freedom to independently do the things that most people take for granted every day," said Kanuganti.
To date, Aira has raised 3.3 million in venture funding from Lux Capital, Arch Venture Partners and Felicis Ventures. The San Diego-based company is currently raising their Series B funding. The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) recently announced a partnership with Aira to mainstream the company’s visual descriptor service.
Vital Stats: The Aira system utilizes a small, 5MP camera and a series of sensors that are mounted on a pair of smart eyeglasses in front of the wearer’s eye. Once activated, the device streams images directly to a trained staff of remote human agents who then describe for the user what the camera lens sees in real time.
Aira is currently doing internal tests with a number of smart glass providers. The company is an enterprise developer partner with Google.
Click here to see a video about Aira.
www.aira.io

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TOOLS / SUPPLIES

Western Optical Supply Intros MicroTool Nose Pad Adjusting Plier


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Product: #8030S MicroTool Nose Pad Adjusting Plier
Top Line: MicroTools are designed for professionals “on-the-go.” With an average length of just 5 inches, it complies with TSA regulations and can be carried aboard aircraft, according to Western Optical Supply.
Close Up: The #8030S Nose Pad Adjusting Plier is designed for getting into hard to reach places. It securely and safely adjusts all types of nose pads. The cupped jaw for cradling the pad is matched to a slotted jaw for securely bracing the nose pad box and arm, making it easy to reposition the nose pad.
Vital Stats: Click here to see a video demonstration of the #8030S MicroTool Nose Pad Adjusting Plier.
www.westernoptical.com; (800) 423-3294

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