Eyeglasses have been primarily used to correct vision, but now some tech-savvy eyewear recently on display at Manhattan's Javits Center might alter perceptions of what glasses can do. NY1's Technology reporter Adam Balkin filed the following report.
The real estate just under people's eyebrows is about to get a whole lot more attention. At the recent International Vision Expo at Manhattan's Javits Center, there is plenty of evidence that our eyewear is starting to do more than simply sharpen up our vision, thanks largely to consumer electronics manufacturers seeing eyewear as a great place to house their innovations.
"It's hands-free. The information that can be displayed is right under your eye in an unobtrusive way, it can be done stylishly and lightweight. So really, eyewear has enormous potential," says Andrew Karp of Vision Monday Newspaper.
Among the possibilities, ski goggles can display speed, position and other information for users during a run. Sunglasses can show runners' speed, distance traveled and other readings. All sorts of eyewear can capture first-person, hands-free, high-definition video..
Even traditional glasses are giving users more control. Adlens allows users to adjust the lens to their prescription, whether they are nearsighted or farsighted, by simply turning knobs on the sides.
"There's a liquid inside these adjusters, so as the fluid flows in here there's a membrane inside here that's expanding and contracting and forming a curve that adjusts for your prescription," says David Eichelberger of Adlens.
Developers say, at around $100, Adlens will be a great spare to keep around the house or in a car, in case a standard pair breaks.
Finally, there is eSight Eyewear for people with low vision. It has two organic LED screen in there for magnifying the entire world, and that is just for starters
"People with low vision, they don't need more information. They need more contrast and so the eSight Eyewear does give you a zoom between 1.2 and 12 [times] power," says Kim Tietz of eSight Corporation. "But the real secret is the contrast you can adjust, whether it's black-on-white or white-on-black or yellow-on-blue. It allows the person with low vision to pick the image that is going to be the most meaningful to their eyes."
The eSight Eyewear is expected to cost around $10,000 and is due to hit the U.S. market by the end of the year.