PixelOptics launched emPower!, the world’s first electronically-focusing prescription eyewear, at Vision Expo East held in New York this March.
“The introduction of emPower! marks a turning point in the evolution of vision technology,” said Ron Blum, President and CEO of PixelOptics. “With the ability to substantially reduce or eliminate the perceived distortion and other limitations associated with traditional progressive lenses, emPower! places control of your vision back in the hands of the consumer, providing a level of vision clarity and comfort never experienced before in the correction of presbyopia.”
The eyewear, which will be rolled out across America through the remainder of this year, has been developed by Aspex Eyewear and Panasonic Healthcare Co., LTD. Panasonic will manufacture the electronic lens blanks, leveraging the company’s expertise and heritage in LCD technology. The electronic frames, produced by Aspex Eyewear, will be available in a fashion collection of 12 styles, including multiple colour options. In total, consumers will have 36 different electronic frames to choose from.
PixelOptics claims that emPower! eyeglasses have the same weight, feel and look of regular, high-fashion eyewear, yet they are very different.
These innovative, shock resistant and waterproof glasses allow the wearer to see clearly at all distances; far, near and in between and can be operated in three different modes: manual on, automatic and manual off
The glasses feature composite lenses with a thin transparent liquid crystal layer, microchips, micro-machine accelerometers and miniature rechargeable batteries that allow one to two days of operation. The microchip, micro-accelerometers, and miniature batteries are hidden inside the temples of the eyeglass frames. The transparent liquid crystal layer in each lens is able to electronically change and activate the near focus lens only when needed with no moving parts and without making a sound.
These innovative, shock resistant and waterproof glasses allow the wearer to see clearly at all distances; far, near and in between and can be operated in three different modes: manual on, automatic and manual off.