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Hoet Eyewear Introduces World's First 3D Printed Titanium Glasses PDF
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Thursday, 31 October 2013

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.

Titanium 3D Printed - Hoet Eyewear

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.

Camera Lets Blind People Find Their Way PDF
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Thursday, 24 October 2013

GISTEelke 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 Launches "Web Ribbon" Eyewear Collection PDF
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Friday, 11 October 2013

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.

Golf Game App from Essilor To Raise Vision Awareness PDF
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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Essilor Golf Game AppEssilor, in partnership with an App development company, has just launched an IOS App version of Let's Golf! 3 game. The game aims at raising players awareness on the importance of good vision and on the need to check, correct and protect their eyes. Let’s Golf 3 - Essilor Cup unlocks the most difficult golf course of the game, “Tuscany”, which has been renamed Essilor Cup. Players simply need to answer a fun quiz about vision and the means to preserve it. Two mini-games are also available, for a limited time, where the players have to choose the right glasses depending on lighty conditions to optimize performance on the course. It's a way to educate players about the importance of good vision and how adapted glasses can provide correction, eye protection and visual comfort.

"This partnership on a game that brings together millions of players allows us to raise the awareness of the target audience, notably players of mobile games who make additional demands on their vision, on the importance of correcting and protecting their eyesight," says Eric Thoreux, Director of Strategic Marketing at Essilor. "We consider it our responsibility to inform the largest amount of players on matters regarding healthy vision."

The game can be downloaded from the Apple Store.

Bausch + Lomb Launches Vitamin and Mineral Supplement That Matches AREDS2 Formula PDF
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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Bausch + Lomb has announced the introduction of a new PreserVision® AREDS 2 Formula eye vitamin and mineral supplement, the first and only commercially-available supplement in the United States that exactly matches the updated formula based on the latest clinical evidence from the National Eye Institute (NEI) Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2).

The daily dose (two soft gels) of new PreserVision AREDS 2 Formula provides the exact same levels of all six clinically proven nutrients as the NEI supported formula: vitamin C (500mg), vitamin E (400 IU), lutein (10mg)/zeaxanthin (2mg), zinc (80mg zinc oxide), and copper (2mg cupric oxide). The combination of these nutrients at the specific levels recommend by the NEI is only available from Bausch + Lomb.

"When recommending an AREDS supplement, doctors want to be sure that they are selecting a formula that is appropriate for their patient and supported by the latest scientific evidence,” said Michael J. Cooney, M.D., MBA, retina specialist at the Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York. “Having this new formula, which exactly matches the most recent recommendation from the NEI, simplifies that decision."

Bausch + Lomb originally introduced a PreserVision AREDS 2 Formula that included lutein, zeaxanthin and 1,000 mg of omega-3 fatty acids in 2010, reflecting existing evidence of potential benefit for these nutrients that also formed the rationale for the AREDS 2 protocol. When the AREDS 2 findings were published, Bausch + Lomb confirmed its intention to reformulate PreserVision AREDS 2 to match the updated recommendation as quickly as possible.

"As the leader in ocular nutrition, Bausch + Lomb is committed to providing the most current, science-based eye vitamin formulations," said Calvin Roberts, M.D., chief medical officer, Ophthalmology and Eye Health, Bausch + Lomb. "We are proud to be able to offer this updated AREDS 2 formulation that exactly matches the NEI supported formula so soon after the study results were announced."

New Camera That Works Like Human Eye PDF
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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Inilabs CameraTechnology often borrows ideas from nature and camera technology is no exception. Engineers at Swiss company iniLabs have now created a camera that mimics the human eye.

Like the individual neurons in our eyes, the new camera—named the Dynamic Vision Sensor (DVS)—responds only to changes in a given scene. This approach eliminates large swaths of redundant data and could be useful for many fields, including surveillance, robotics, and microscopy.

An ordinary camera will take in everything it sees, storing the information to be processed later. This uses up a lot of power and a lot of space. Neurons in the eye, however, fire only when they sense a change—such as when a particular part of a scene gets brighter or dimmer. The DVS mimics that selectivity, transmitting information only in response to a shift in the scene. That takes less power and leaves less information to be processed.

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