Smart Glasses Begin To Fit Your Glasses

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You remember Google Glass? We’ve written about it numerous times since its introduction in 2013 including the introduction of Glass 2 Enterprise Edition just weeks ago. A variety of companies have various designs for smart glasses, from Vuzix to Focals, Vue to Epson.

At Vision Expo I tried on several smartglass designs and when I asked about style or color, received the old Henry Ford quote about the Model T. ‘You can get it in any color you like as long it is black’. Now there is a smart glass system that fits most sunglasses, turning your favorite sunglasses into a smart glass.ActiveLook from France is moving the market forward by concentrating on the technology instead of the styling, letting optical designers do what they do best.

Designed to fit in a regular pair of sunglasses, the ActiveLook System provides a ready to use head-up-display solution that accelerates product innovation of sport brands and eyewear manufacturers.

In a world where sports digitalization is becoming more and more relevant with increasing use of sensors, GPS trackers and new dedicated apps, sports glasses represent the perfect way to view information and performance. Many have tried to provide a solution to this challenge, but the results have not been up to the public expectations so far: too conspicuous, too cumbersome and too heavy products with poor battery life.

ActiveLook is the first technological ingredient that transforms sports glasses into perfect visors. Lightweight, compact and based on Bluethooth® technology, it can be easily integrated into a pair of regular sports glasses instantly displaying information and performance.

The system is made of three integrated elements. At its heart is a miniaturized, lightweight and powerful OLED module. Integrated into the glasses’ nose bridge, it displays data on the lenses with ultra-high brightness and very low power consumption. The module is combined with a patented technology that makes the glasses’ lenses “Active”.

A dedicated software allows the ActiveLook glasses to easily pair via Bluetooth® with smartphones, smartwatches, and other devices, to display the most popular sports apps.

The very strength of ActiveLook lies in the simplicity of the solution and in the flexibility of an open platform that raise new and exciting prospects for an increasing number of applications for multiple user segments: endurance sports, scuba diving, skiing, sailing, motorbiking and much more. This technology is experiencing a growing demand also in the field of industrial applications: from logistics to delivery services and manufacturing.

Designed and produced by MICROOLED, ActiveLook offers cutting edge optical performance thanks to worldwide leadership in the production of the Near-Eye Display.

MICROOLED manufactures and delivers high-performance Near-Eye Displays (NED) for a wide range of products, such as video glasses, head-mounted sports devices, camera viewfinders, medical applications, and many other professional devices worldwide.
Thanks to its unique technology, the company offers high-efficiency AMOLED microdisplays with extremely sharp images even in extremely bright light conditions, with a drastic reduction of energy consumption.

Since its early days, the company is part of the micro and nanotechnology hub of Grenoble, France, where it benefits from belonging to a top-level technological environment for its development and manufacturing activities.

This could quite possibly be a very good system for ECPs to look into so that they can offer a new technology to their customers while still retaining control over style and brands. Check out ActiveLook on their website.

Claire Goldsmith MidPage

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