Wearable technology is here to stay! Even though Google (kind of) pulled the plug on Google Glass recently, it has not stopped other technology companies from making spectacles smart enough for James Bond. Here’s the lowdown on some wearable tech glass experiments going on around the world.
Hands-free phone calls are nothing new, but they have always involved some kind of earpiece, whether it’s the wired earphones or the wireless Bluetooth. However, UK-based Buhel’s SG05 SoundGlasses use bone conduction technology to relay sound, leaving the ears open. The Taiwanese company ChipSip is trying to emulate Google Glass with its SiMEye (pronounced “see me”) Smart Glass kit, which is priced much lower than Google’s smart glasses. Perhaps the most exciting of these smart glass offerings are the MEME spectacles developed by the Japanese eyewear brand JINS. These spectacles contain a gyroscope and an accelerometer built right into their stylish frames. These sensors can gauge body position and movement, which makes the JINS MEME spectacles an excellent fitness tracker. The gyroscope can monitor and correct your body posture, while the motion sensors can track your movements far better than fitness bands (that usually depend on arm movements). These glasses also have three-point electrooculography sensors that can record eye movement and help in diagnosing several ophthalmological diseases.
Line of Sight
While these smart glasses are in the experimental stage, it is true that if you have vision problems, spectacles can make a world of difference to the way you see. Most vision problems develop slowly and it’s possible that you may not even be aware that you need glasses. Here are some of the early warning signs:
- Blurred vision
- Poor distance vision
- Difficulty in seeing at night
- Difficulty in working at the computer
- Eye strain and fatigue
- Frequent headaches
Of course, the most definitive way to ascertain whether you need glasses is to get an eye test done. A professional eye test done regularly is as important as your annual health check-up. An eye test will assess how well you can see without glasses. The letter chart is the most common way in which this is determined. If you have trouble reading some parts of the letter chart, the optometrist will use lenses of different strengths to determine if your eyesight can be improved with glasses. Some optometrists also offer advanced ocular health check-ups using a retinal photography system.
If you’re looking to buy spectacles for the first time or just want to update your look, drop by at your nearest Leightons Opticians and Hearing Care branch. First get an eye examination done so that we can assess the health of your eyes and also get your prescription. Our eye tests are quite comprehensive and we use state-of-the-art technology to carry out the examination. Based on the results of your eye test, our trained ophthalmologists will help you select the spectacles that best suit your requirement. Choose from a range of designer glasses that will match your personality and lifestyle. We regularly update our collection so you will find the best and the latest styles in our stores. Whether you’re looking for that hot-off-the-runway look or making a classic style statement, you will find them all at Leightons Opticians and Hearing Care. So visit us and get a new look for the new season!
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