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BMW Mini Unveils Augmented Reality Eyewear Prototype PDF
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Mini Augmented VisionMINI is revealing the shape of things to come at the Auto Shanghai show with a pioneering innovation. "MINI Augmented Vision gives an insight into how intelligent connectivity between a MINI car and eyewear into which relevant content is projected might work in the future," explains Dr. Jörg Preißinger, project-manager MINI Augmented Vision, BMW Group research and technology. "Working with several Qualcomm companies, we have created an interlinked system and augmented reality eyewear with a characteristic MINI design that revolutionise the experience both in and outside the vehicle. This prototype with its customised, interactive functions succeeds in fusing augmented reality with the brand’s trademark sense of lifestyle."

Using see-through technology, the AR eyewear shows relevant information in the driver's direct field of vision but without concealing other road users, thereby serving to increase safety and comfort while driving.

The following functions will be projected into the field of view with MINI Augmented Vision:

  • Destination entry for navigation and transfer to vehicle: Selecting destination points when outside the vehicle, then transferring them to the vehicle.
  • First Mile / Last Mile: Navigation display from the current location to the vehicle or from the vehicle to the final destination.
  • Head-up display functions: Display of speed, speed limits etc. in the eyewear so the information is in the driver’s primary field of view, with data always shown in same place above steering wheel to make sure that no road users are concealed from sight.
  • Contact-analogue navigation and points of interest: Reality is enhanced by contact-analogue navigation arrows “on” the road, as well as display of points of interest along the route, such as open parking spaces. The driver´s attention can always stay focused on the traffic.
  • Messaging: A small icon is shown in the eyewear when a message is received. The SMS/message can then be read out by the car while driving for safety.
  • X-Ray View / transparent vehicle parts: A virtual view through parts of the vehicle (such as A-pillars and doors) serves to render external areas or objects concealed by the car visible.
  • Augmented Parking: This facilitates parking by projecting the images from a camera housed in the (farside) mirror into the eyewear. In this way, the distance from the curb can be clearly and easily ascertained.
Apple Watch To Provide Visually Impaired Full Access to Device Features PDF
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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Apple WatchAt the end of this month Apple will release its Apple Watch, a smart watch that offers full accessibility to users who are blind or have low vision thanks to its built-in accessibility features. The watch, which is already available to pre-order is available in stores from Friday 24 April.

Apple describes the watch as their most personal device yet and claims on their website: "To make the best use of its size and location on your wrist, Apple Watch has all-new interactions and technologies. They let you do familiar things more quickly and conveniently. As well as some things that simply weren’t possible before." The device contains features such as VoiceOver, Zoom, Larger Dynamic Type, Bold Text, Grayscale, Reduce Motion, Reduce Transparency, On/Off Labels, and Mono Audio.

According to David Woodbridge, Adaptive Technology Consultant at Vision Australia, one of the most exciting features is a tactile alert linked to the GPS function. "The watch vibrates using a different pattern to let you know when you need to turn left or right to reach your destination," said Mr Woodbridge. "It also means I can answer my phone without having search for it in my bag,” he added. “And I can use it to post social media updates on the move."

Mondottica Launches Hackett UTX Sunnies PDF
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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Hacket UTXUK eyewear company Mondottica has just launched its first Hackett UTX sunglasses. The fit is immaculate, the finishes impeccable; this is great British eyewear at its most authentic.

Introducing new lightweight silhouettes combined with vintage inspired eye shapes as seen in HSB835, details are authentic with real riveted hinges and metal end pieces. Each handmade frame is fitted with anti-reflective reverse coated lenses for a flawless finish.

Hackett's collections are available globally and are celebrated for their re-interpretation of British style for today's gentleman as well as their quality. From bespoke tailoring to iconic sports garments, Hackett's fineries are as at home at Sandringham, as they are at Silverstone.

Charmant Group Unveils New Collection "Dolce" PDF
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Charmant Line Art - Dolce CollectionThe Charmant Group has unveiled a brand new collection "Dolce" from its signature brand “LineArt CHARMANT.” As the collection name Dolce indicates, the new styles have been designed for the independent, self-confident women who would like to express the sweet and tender side of their personality.

The Dolce collection embraces and enhances the wearer's femininity from every angle. With praise and respect for every woman, this collection consists of only streamline temple and is three dimensionally designed. Twin Excellent Titan filaments, forming a heart-shape on the hinge and elegantly flowing along to the end-tip, produce just a touch of romantic atmosphere.

Since Dolce is used as a musical term, the collection also conveys the sweetness and tenderness of the wearer. This unprecedented and delicate design as well as assured stability is achieved by Charmant's craftsmanship and innovative technology such as unparalleled pressing and state-of-the-art laser micro welding.

Like other collections, Dolce guarantees the same light flexibility and perfect fit, owing to Excellence Titan, Charmant's exclusive material.

The Excellence Titan material represents the next generation of eyewear and is the latest results of Charmant Group's continuing and dedicated research and development work. Absolutely nickel-free, with outstanding processability and special memory functions that help eyewear maintain the original shape; it is an ideal material for eyewear that provides both unlimited design possibilities and superior wearing comfort. The Charmant Group's product line made of Excellence Titan offers amazing lightness, a gentle touch with hardly any pressure felt, while at the same time making an ultramodern fashion statement.

New innovative adaptive nose pads are introduced from this collection in order to provide further comfort. Once the wearer starts to use the eyewear, the pad gradually changes its shape along the curve of the wearer’s nose. The technology is called adaptive effect, and reacts to body temperature that enables a personalized fit. After a certain period of time (normally 2 weeks to 1 month), the ability to change gradually wears off and the pad thereafter keeps the adapted shape. The pad is expected to disperse pressure on the nose and enables a stable and comfortable wear. The material of the pad is biocompatibility and is used in the medical industry.

NASA To Explore Use of ODG Smart Glasses PDF
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Friday, 13 March 2015

ODG smart glassesNASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and Osterhout Design Group (ODG) have recently unveiled they are teaming up to explore the use of ODG's Smart Glasses for terrestrial and space-based activities. The two will collaborate to evaluate the use of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in human spaceflight, with the ultimate goal of one day deploying ODG's technology on NASA space missions.

ODG has spent six years developing Smart Glasses, working with government customers and corporate partners to build, refine and advance its technology. ODG's Glasses are the most advanced, robust and mobile Augmented Reality device available today. They allow users to do everything they do with a tablet, with 3D graphics overlaid and in a true, hands free format. Packed with positional sensors, the Glasses know where you are, where you're looking, and how you're moving, enabling precise AR and exciting VR experiences in even the most demanding environments.

A potential early use for the ODG Glasses by NASA is "Assisted Reality" software that enables line of sight check lists, guided support via telepresence, and the ability to overlay digital markers on machinery or equipment while keeping the user's eyes and hands focused on their task. This technology can increase the accuracy and efficiency of astronauts’ in-flight activities, something that is increasingly important as NASA takes on longer duration space missions. Several ODG customers in the medical and energy and utilities industries already use such software, and ODG is excited to explore its use with NASA.

Hoet Eyewear Presents 3D Laser-printed HC Collection PDF
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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Hoet Couture EyewearHoet Eyewear presents its latest 3D laser-printed HC (Hoet Couture) collection which already includes four models. These eyeglasses, which are available in various lens and bridge sizes, are equipped with adjustable temples and moveable nose pads for the best possible comfort. They further state: "Our urge towards further innovation and comfort goes way beyond this..."

A mounted ruby or diamond, or a unique embroidery in gold or platinum thread, makes every Hoet Couture frame even more refined. The combination of high-tech and the artisanship of the jeweller turns the frame itself into a jewel.

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.

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