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June 19, 2013

In This Edition

Heads Up
Q&A With Zeal Optics' John Sanchez

Color-Tuned Lenses

Sight Seeing
eSight Uses New Scales Focus Module

Peripheral Vision
Rabbit Tests LED Contact Lens


Heads Up

Zeal Optics' John Sanchez Explains How the Company's Video Goggles Let Outdoor Enthusiasts Share the Moment

By Andrew Karp

Ski goggles are some of the most technologically advanced eyewear available, and Zeal Optics has established itself as a front runner in the field. The Colorado company has attracted the attention of tech savvy outdoor enthusiasts with products like the Z3 GPS Live, which is equipped with the Recon MOD Live GPS System. The Bluetooth-enabled device, which retails for $599, features a 16:9 widescreen in-goggle view-finder display on which wearers can track speed, altitude, GPS, jump stats, temperature, distance, run count and chrono measurements. Smartphone connectivity enables caller ID, text messages, buddy tracking, trail maps and navigation.



Alphachromics Pursues Color-Tuning Lens Technology

By Andrew Karp

Imagine an electronic eyeglass lens or goggle that the wearer could tune to adjust gradations of lightness, darkness and color. That's one of the applications that the management of Alphachromics has in mind as it works to commercialize its proprietary, low-cost technology for changing the light transmittance properties of a substrate by the application of voltage and/or current.

A spin-off of the University of Connecticut, Alphachromics was formed in 2010 by UConn Ventures to commercialize the electrochromic innovations developed in the lab of Greg Sotzing, a professor of organic and polymer chemistry at the university. Based in Farmington, Conn., the company has assembled a portfolio of 25 patents and patent applications. It is currently in the prototype stage, and plans to commercialize its technology within the next two years. Other possible consumer and military applications include energy efficient windows and high performance, switchable fabrics.


Sight Seeing

Focus Module from New Scale Used in eSight Eyewear

New Scale Technologies' miniature M3-F focus module is a key component in eSight eyewear, a new class of wearable, electronic assistive technology recently launched by eSight Corp. of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

The eSight eyewear incorporates a high-resolution video camera and a high-contrast display for each eye, and is customized to enhance the remaining vision of individuals with conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and more.



Peripheral Vision

Rabbit Successfully Tests LED-equipped Contact Lens

A research team at UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology) in Ulsan, Korea has developed a hybrid transparent and stretchable electrode that could open the new way for flexible displays, solar cells, and even electronic devices fitted on a curvature substrate such as soft eye contact lenses. The researchers successfully tested the technology on a rabbit.

Transparent electrodes are in and of themselves are not new; they have been widely used in touch screens, flat-screen TVs, solar cells and light-emitting devices. Currently transparent electrodes are commonly made from a material known as indium tin oxide(ITO).


Andrew Karp, Group Editor, Lenses and Technology

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