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Smart Eyewear gets Smaller and Cooler!

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Ever since the advent of Google Glass, smart eyewear has been making waves all over the world. But many of the designs are quite bulky and are fairly unstylish. This is all set to change, with smart eyewear researchers in Germany coming up with new technology. Read on to find out more.

Small Wonder

Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering at Jena in Germany, have developed a technology that can be used to produce smart glasses (or data glasses) in small, unobtrusive designs. These glasses were recently demonstrated at the Laser World of Photonics in Munich. The glasses are small and discreet, unlike the cumbersome frames that come with Google Glass and other similar smart glasses. The glasses can sync with your smartphone and show all kinds of data in your field of vision – from a map or navigation data to information regarding the tourist attraction you’re looking at. Unlike other data glasses, the image or information is not projected on the edge of the field of view, but in the line of your vision. This means that you will not need to look up and right to view the data, but can see it next to the object you’re viewing. This makes these glasses easier to use, and requires a lot less getting used to.

Interestingly, these glasses are not only smart but also corrective. They correct for hyperopia or far-sightedness, where objects at a distance can be seen clearly but not the ones that are close at hand. This increases the application of these glasses. The adjustment doesn’t require any manual changes; simply feed the vision defect data in the corresponding app on your smartphone. This information is then conveyed via Bluetooth to the glasses. The glasses then adjust the image as per the data and display a sharp and clear image. These glasses can also partly compensate for other eye problems such as astigmatism and myopia or short-sightedness.

The Eyes Have It

While some of these data glasses are in an experimental stage, if you do need regular glasses right away, drop by at your local Leightons Opticians and Hearing Care branch. From the moment you walk into our store, you will see the difference. Our warm and welcoming environment is designed to put you at ease. Our friendly & trained optometrists are on hand to help you and answer your queries.

Take our comprehensive eye examination, which uses advanced technology, and includes retinal photography and 3D imagery. We also carry out a complete lifestyle evaluation. Based on your prescription, our staff will help you select the glasses that best suit your requirements and your lifestyle. Choose from a range of designer glasses at Leightons Opticians and Hearing Care. Try out various styles and pick the one that complements the shape of your face. We can also customise the glasses to your specifications. We also have a range of reading glasses, computer glasses as well as safety glasses. So choose the right fit as per your needs. Drop in at our store or call us on 0800 40 20 20. Alternatively book an appointment online and be rest assured of our best-in-class service.

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