Essilor has announced the launch of its latest innovation, the Optifog® Smart Textile. This new technology allows the Optifog lenses' anti-fog properties to be activated by a microfiber dry cloth that the consumer uses to wipe his lenses.
Covered by an international patent application, the exclusive Optifog System technology, combining the Optifog lenses with the Optifog Smart Textile, has the power to activate the lenses' properties using microfiber dry cloth with specific molecules. To invent and industrialize this new textile, Essilor research teams have consulted various textile research institutes as well as specialized industrials partners all over the world before selecting a leading niche textile provider. Two years ago, when Essilor had created a new category of lenses with Optifog lenses, the anti-fogging properties were activated with a liquid to apply on lenses.
The conscious two-dimensional design of the Philomene and Philo models gives these frames a scissors-shaped silhouette. A defining concept behind these frames was the circle as a geometric element. The combination of glossy gold and silver with a silky matt finish reinforces this impression and emphasises the contrasting frame dimensions. Low-set double bridges and prominent, pinched top corners create a new elegance.
Collection NO 1/ EDMUND & HUDSON
Material: Stainless Steel
FIGHT THE LIGHT
EDMUND & HUDSON combine the sports/casual look with perfect light protection. The duo’s design incorporates cues from expansive 1950s frames. Wide temples and a wide bridge avert sunrays from above and the sides, while the snug-fitting browline and nose similarly keep incoming light to a minimum. Bold frame colours combined with mirrored lenses deliver protection and excellent vision: whether viewing distant mountains, the sea or the person sitting next to you.
Collection NO 2/ NADA
Testing out materials to the limits of the possible is a labour of love at MYKITA. The NADA model is a classic example. The delicate frame is made of acetate, a material ostensibly associated with the very opposite; acetate frames are normally bold and chunky. This coupled with the eccentric double bridge and the Guadeloupe/Gold Flash colour combination is what lends NADA its flamboyant charm.
Collection NO 2/ OLGA
NEITHER ROUND NOR ANGULAR
Olga is a statement – neither round nor angular, and if anything probably belonging to the “blowup”category. The extremely full-bodied material used for OLGA gives this model a sculpture-like look. Black, jade-style Misty Green, sky-coloured Misty Blue and translucent Taupe each make their own contribution to ensuring that this model leaves a lasting impression.
Students from the Miami Ad School in San Francisco have come up with the idea of installing solar panels onto an iconic Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses with the assistance of designer Sayalee Kaluskar. Each time you are out wearing the pair of Wayfarers, soaking up the sun, so too, will the solar panels on these sunnies.
Sayalee says: "Ray-Ban wanted people to get more out of their sunglasses, so we made a pair with built-in solar panels that let you charge your iPhone 5. Why? Because, nothing is cooler than Ray-Bans on a sunny day and nothing is worse than a dead phone at night."
After four years of research and development, Hoet Eyewear has launched the 'Made in Belgium' 3D laser-printed eyeglasses made of titanium. The 3D technology offers a number of unprecedented options in terms of design. In addition, this technology is eco-friendly – a feature that must not be overlooked. The form is essential; the technique is a tool to achieve that form. Patrick Hoet, who was on of the founders of theo eyewear and is still involved at theo, has designed the titanium glasses.
A subsidiary of the listed company Picanol, Melotte, will produce the glasses for Hoet Eyewear. Melotte is an ambitious technology company, which is mainly known for medical applications.
The Hoet Couture eyeglasses fit in well with the "classical" Hoet collection. They too, are modern and beautiful. Quality and comfort as always are the basic precepts. The eyeglasses are rust-free and anti-allergic, light, yet durable and well-fitting.
Eelke Folmer and Vinitha Khambadkar think blind people could do without their white canes and instead navigate with a camera around their necks that gives spoken guidance in response to hand gestures. Folmer and Khambadkar, researchers at the University of Nevada, U.S., presented the technology last week at a computer symposium. Known as the Gestural Interface for Remote Spatial Perception, which they abbreviate as GIST, the system utilizes a 3D camera sensor to analyze and identify objects in its field of view. "GIST lets you extract information from your environment," Folmer says.
Spatial perception is a challenging task for people who are blind due to the limited functionality and sensing range of hands. The researchers developed a wearable gestural interface (GIST) that offers spatial perception functionality through the novel appropriation of the user's hands into versatile sensing rods. Using a wearable depth-sensing camera, GIST analyzes the visible physical space and allows blind users to access spatial information about this space using different hand gestures. By allowing blind users to directly explore the physical space using gestures, GIST allows for the closest mapping between augmented and physical reality, which facilitates spatial interaction. A user study with eight blind users evaluated GIST in its ability to help perform everyday tasks that rely on spatial perception, such as grabbing an object or interacting with a person.
GIST is a useful, low-cost technology that can potentially give greater independence to users with visual impairments, as it may help them perform everyday tasks, such as grabbing an object or approaching a person that are difficult to perform using existing assistive technologies.
Gucci has just introduced a new eyewear collection featuring the web stripe detail on the temples. The web stripe is one of the House's most iconic motifs reinterpreted today as a gros-grain detail embellishing this new capsule collection. The ribbon, in green-red-green and blue-red-blue, has its roots in the art of horse-riding, which has always been an endless source of inspiration for the House. The web stripe, initially used on luggage accessories in the early 1950's, originates from the girth strap used to fix the saddle onto a horse. Since then it has been showcased in countless ways, in a variety of colours, materials and sizes, and has become a distinctive motif of the Gucci collections, perfectly reflecting the House's historic heritage.
The Web Ribbon range reflects Gucci's traditions with a contemporary and sophisticated twist. The sunglasses and optical frames, available in metal versions or in Optyl – a registered trademark for an ultra- lightweight plastic material with unparalleled colour effects – are decorated with the web stripe detail on the temples, fixed externally by a gold-coloured metallic "GG Britt" logo and internally by a metal plaque bearing the House's engraved trademark.
The collection includes four pairs of sunglasses and three optical frames, as well as three special Asian fit sunglasses and two Asian fit optical frames. The new web ribbon models come in a variety of shapes – round, square or rectangular – and in a variety of natural tones, such as Havana, white, red, blue and black.