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Essilor To Launch Augmented Reality Glasses PDF
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Friday, 08 May 2015

Essilor has announced during its annual general meeting last Tuesday that it is in the process of developing augmented reality glasses for the visually impaired. The announcement was made by Jean Carrier-Guillomet, COO at Essilor, during the event.

Noting that the models are already in the testing phase, he felt that Essilor "would, in the field of low vision, able to launch a product with Canadian partner Humanware in 2016". Humanware is a Canadian company Essilor acquired in 2013. Humanware Focuses on enhancing the lives of people with visual and learning disabilities.

He also stressed that innovation was "the main driver of the group's growth" which realizes 40% of its sales with products less than four years old. According to him, Essilor employs 550 researchers, representing 180 million euros with three-quarters of R&D investments in the optical industry.

 
Season's Greetings from eyesmart.com.au PDF
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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Season's GreetingsThe eyesmart.com.au news section will take a break from 24 December 2014 to 04 January 2015, however the job vacancies section will continue to publish the latest career opportunities in the industry.

The team at eyesmart.com.au would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe Christmas and New Year!

 
Google Files Patent for New "Normal" Glass PDF
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

New Google Glass PatentGoogle Glass has been designed in such a way that it makes it obvious that the wearer isn't wearing a regular pair of glasses which means that it is not very discreet. This can be detrimental to the wearer if they were to encounter hostility from others who might not appreciate the technology due to privacy concerns. But this might change in the near future, according to a new patent filing by Google of an "ornamental design for a wearable display device". 

The patent depicts a pair of glasses that look very similar to "normal" optical glasses. That would result in the project and prism portion of Google Glass be positioned in the inner-part of the frame.

 
Season's Greetings from eyesmart.com.au PDF
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Monday, 23 December 2013

Season's GreetingsThe eyesmart.com.au news section will take a break from 24 December 2013 to 05 January 2014, however the job vacancies section will continue to publish the latest career opportunities in the industry.

The team at eyesmart.com.au would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe Christmas and New Year!

 
World Diabetes Day: Take Your Eye Test PDF
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Thursday, 14 November 2013

World Diabetes DayTo mark World Diabetes Day today, diabetes experts and groups are urging people to be proactive about their health and get tested for the disease. For those people who live with diabetes, doctors are asking people to look after themselves by ensuring they are taking the appropriate steps to combat the risks of the disease. One risk the people who suffer from diabetes face is the possibility of blindness. Experts say people that suffer from diabetes should get regular eye exams in order to detect early symptoms of eye disease and enable effective treatment.

Fluctuating blood sugar levels can damage the retina, causing blurred or distorted vision and potential loss of sight if left untreated – a condition called diabetic retinopathy. "By 2030, diabetes could become the leading cause of blindness," says Brian Doolan, CEO of The Fred Hollows Foundation. Doolan says within two decades an estimated 156 million people could be at risk, 4 out of 5 of whom won’t have access to adequate eye care services. "Urgent action is needed to help people avoid blindness from diabetic retinopathy through access to a sight-saving annual eye examination." Doolan says even Australians living with diabetes are not aware that they need to have their eyes screened regularly and some have already gone blind.

 
England Cricket Player Wins Libel Payout Over Specsavers Ad PDF
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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Kevin PietersenEngland cricketer Kevin Pietersen was on Tuesday awarded undisclosed libel damages over an advertisement that suggested he had tampered with his bat during this year's Ashes series against Australia. Pietersen brought action in London's High Court against the "serious and defamatory allegation" after the advert was published on Specsavers' social media accounts as well as in newspapers and magazines. The advert carried the statement "'Bat tampering' in the #Ashes? Apparently Hot Spot should've gone to Specsavers", which was accompanied by a picture of Pietersen.

Pietersen was left outraged in August after Australian network Channel 9 used images of his dismissal in the third Ashes Test in a report suggesting players were using silicone tape on their bats to prevent edges appearing on Hot Spot.

The batsman's solicitor told the court the allegation of bat tampering had no foundation. Specsavers apologised over the incident last week and accepted Pietersen did not behave as they had suggested, and said they had already removed the advert from circulation. Pietersen will donate the money. He revealed on Twitter: "And just so you know.. All the damages I've received from Specsavers will be going to the @JCEtrust ..". JCE Trust is a cancer charity.

 
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