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March 19, 2014

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Heads Up
Eye² at Vision Expo East

AR Glasses Bring New Dimensions to Gaming

Sight Seeing
First Commercial Implants in U.S. of Argus II

Next Dimension
App Converts On-Screen Content to Audio

Care Credit

Heads Up

Wearable Technology to be Spotlighted at Vision Monday’s Eye² Zone at Vision Expo East

Wearable technologies are coming on-stream fast, and Vision Monday's Eye2 Zone at International Vision Expo East is the place to see some of the latest offerings in this exciting new consumer product category. Vision Expo attendees who visit the Zone—located in booth #5525 on Level 3 of New York’s Jacob Javits Center—will get a first-hand look at the visionary ways technology is being used to enhance and advance eyewear. Inventive and unconventional next generation products that enhance vision or athletic performance, communicate or view media, measure and monitor biometric data, or promote wellness will provide a unique interactive experience.

"While consumers may be the end-user of these vision-related products, we know they will eventually end up in the chairs of eyecare professionals," said Deborah Castor, vice president of trade shows and meetings for The Vision Council. "The Eye2 Zone provides us with a unique opportunity to inform our attendees about the new non-traditional vision technologies hitting the markets. Armed with this information, ECPs will be in a better position to advise their patients' overall visual needs."



New Projected AR Technology Enables Manipulable 3D Gaming

By Andrew Karp

"Portable, realistic, and mind-blowing" is how Jeri Ellsworth (pictured here) and Rick Johnson of Technical Illusions describe castAR, their new projected augmented reality (AR) system that brings digital games, scientific models and other graphics into the real world in manipulable three dimensions. The system, which I tried out at International CES, consists of a pair of special 3D glasses, a fast and accurate tracking solution and a retro-reflective surface. A special attachment quickly transforms the glasses into supporting full Virtual Reality and full Augmented Reality.


Sight Seeing

Second Sight Announces First Commercial Implants of Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System in U.S.

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. announced on January 29 that its Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System was implanted in patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) in the U.S. for the first time since it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last year.



Next Dimension

App Lets Consumers to Listen to On-Screen Written Content

Charmtech Labs recently debuted Capti Narrator, a new cross-platform application for convenient, hands-free consumption of digital content. Capti Narrator enabling users either with or without vision impairments to listen to news, blogs, documents, unprotected e-books and other written content while performing other activities.


Andrew Karp, Group Editor, Lenses and Technology

Send us news about new optical technologies, provide us with subjects and/or questions for a future Eye² Q&A or let us know what topics you'd like to see covered. Contact Eye²'s Editor Andrew Karp at akarp@jobson.com.

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