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February 19, 2015

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Heads Up
Sony's SmartEyeglass

Vuzix and HeadApp Create Glasses4Flight

Next Dimension
Electrochromic Polymers for Colorful Sunglass Lenses

Heads Up

Sony Raises Profile in Wearables Market With Release of 'SmartEyeglasses'

This week, Sony revealed plans to release a version of its SmartEyeglass for software developers in the U.S. and other selected countries beginning in March. In an announcement on its website, Sony described its SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 as "a transparent lens eyewear that connects with compatible smartphones to superimpose information onto the user's field of view." The electronics giant said the glasses include "unique holographic waveguide technology, which enables super-thin 3.0 mm augmented reality lenses with high transparency of 85 percent and excellent brightness, without any half mirrors that may obstruct the user's vision." A monochrome display ensures low energy consumption and high luminance (up to 1,000 cd/m2). This enables a binocular display, where text and information is clearly visible under a wide range of lighting conditions, Sony said.



Vuzix Partners With HeadApp to Launch Pilot Program for Its M100 Smart Glasses

Vuzix Corp. is partnering with HeadApp to produce Glasses4Flight, an application for pilots that connects WiFly, an integrated system that collects and communicates every significant aircraft and flight data item in real time and links the data with Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses, creating a Virtual Glass Cockpit and a whole new user experience for the pilot. HeadApp has created the first multimedia glasses application and solution dedicated to the aeronautic industry.


Next Dimension

Creating Colorful Sun Lenses With Electrochromic Polymers

Photochromic lenses have been on the market for years, but creating a practical and affordable electrochromic sunglass has been an elusive goal for optical manufacturers. The hurdles include making a power supply that is small enough to be incorporated discretely into a sunglass frame, and making lenses with built-in electronics that are thin and lightweight.


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Andrew Karp, Group Editor, Lenses and Technology

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