Rochester, NY (PRWEB) March 25, 2014
Rochester Optical announced today that a collaboration with Vuzix Corporation, to provide prescription frames and lenses for M100 Smart Glasses wearers. Rochester Optical’s development of the patent pending Smart GOLD lenses will allow for M100 Smart Glasses wearers to mount prescription fashion frames to the smart glasses device. The Smart GOLD lens design for Vuzix customers will be digitally optimized specifically for the location of the Heads-Up-Display (HUD) on the M100.
Although the M100 is very flexible regarding where the HUD can be mounted, with prescription eyewear the location of where the HUD is positioned as it relates to the wearer’s prescription lenses is critical to get right for a clear natural image. Normal prescription lenses are not designed to optimize the visual acuity in those upper or lower gaze directions which can lead to a blurring of the display, and visual fatigue as the eye itself tries to compensate for the movement to a less clear viewing area.
Rochester Optical researchers have created a new digital lens design where special care is taken to remove unwanted aberrations perceived by the wearer in the directions of sight associated with the HUD, giving the wearer a clear vision of the HUD, as well as the normal clear vision their lenses provide of the world around them. The design of the Smart GOLD lenses is intended to enhance overall visual acuity and to reduce eye-strain and fatigue.
In addition, Rochester Optical has signed on with Vuzix as a Value Added Reseller of the M100 Smart Glasses. This new partnership is another development in the growing wearable technology space, and the Smart GOLD lenses will change the way wearers see smart glasses of all types.
“We are excited about the possibilities for our customers that this new relationship creates. Rochester Optical has developed a unique solution for smart glasses that are being worn by prescription eye glass users. Their digitally optimized Smart GOLD lenses solve a real problem for a large portion of our user base that need some form of optical correction to have a great experience with our M100 Smart Glasses.” said Paul Travers, President and CEO of Vuzix.
“What a great fit, Rochester Optical works with over 14,000 ECP optician outlets in the United States. Offering Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses with a custom solution using our Smart GOLD lenses makes an easy connection for customers to receive the best prescription solution for their smart glasses available today.” offered Patrick Ho, CEO of Rochester Optical.
Rochester Optical is a diversified manufacturer of ophthalmic lenses, eyewear, and is a full service wholesale digital optical laboratory with over 80 years of experience. They continue to serve eye care professionals and corporate customers with an eye on service and innovation.
Vuzix is a leading supplier of Video Eyewear and Smart Glasses products in the consumer, commercial and entertainment markets.
Vuzix’ products include personal display and wearable computing devices that offer users a portable high quality viewing experience, provide solutions for mobility, wearable displays and virtual and augmented reality. Vuzix holds 36 patents and 12 additional patents pending and numerous IP licenses in the Video Eyewear field. The Company has won Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) awards for innovation for the years 2005 to 2014 and several wireless technology innovation awards, among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzix has offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK and Tokyo, Japan.