Eye2’s Guided Tour of New Eyewear Technologies at International CES

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LAS VEGAS—While roaming the miles of aisles at International CES, held Jan. 6 to 10 in Las Vegas, VM’s Andrew Karp got a close-up look at an impressive assortment of the new eyewear technologies that were on display, ranging from augmented reality (AR) to virtual reality (VR) and everything in between. Some were prototypes designed to show “proof of concept,” while others were finished products already on the market or soon to be introduced. With examples from startups as well as major consumer electronics companies, Karp’s guided tour will give you a glimpse of the next wave of Eye2 technology.

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Sharon Easton demonstrates M100 smartglasses from Vuzix.

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Liquid Image presented a colorful array of video-enabled goggles for underwater use, extreme sports and other activities.

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The Dropshades team showed off their colorful, sound-reactive glasses, which they call "The Party Accessory of the Future."

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David Yeh of Evena Medical wearing a pair of the company's new point-of-care wearable Eyes-On Glasses system, which uses multi-spectral imaging to enable medical professionals to see precise images of a patient's veins while maintaining eye contact with them.

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Reticare featured its new line of ocular protectors for smartphones, tablets and computers.

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With its theme "A Day in the Digital Life," the Vision Council educated CES attendees about computer vision syndrome and how to prevent it.

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Eli Glikman of Lumus wearing a prototype of the company's DK-40 model, a sleek, lightweight and ergonomic system for wearable computing and augmented reality.

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Optinvent debuted a prototype of ORA-S digital eyewear, which features a hands-free, wireless, see-through wearable display platform based on the company's patented Clear-Vu display engine.

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VM's Andrew Karp tries out a prototype of Avegant's Glyph, a virtual reality headset that uses retinal projection to create an immersive, 3D viewing experience.

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At the Tarsier booth, a member of the R&D team demonstrates how the company's Move Eye glasses allow the wearer to control a screen with hand movements.

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Jeri Ellsworth of Technical Illusions sports a prototype of the company's CastAR augmented reality glasses. Two micro-projectors attached to the glasses beam images from a windows or android device onto a portable, retro-reflective pad that bounces the beams back to your face 120 times a second, allowing the wearer to see those images in three dimensions in clear HD 720p, with 24 bits of color. The glasses are ideal for corrective lens wearers and those who get motion sick because they allow you to experience the images without transporting you away from your surroundings in total immersion.

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Augmate presented a retrospective exhibit of 25 years of heads-up display technology, including eyewear designed for military, industrial and consumer use.

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A researcher models a prototype of GlassUp, which connect to a smartphone to let the wearer receive e-mails, text messages, tweets and Facebook updates.

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Hind Hobeika demonstrates Instabeat, a streamlined heart rate monitor for swimmers that attaches to a swim goggle.

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Andrew Karp sports a pair of stylish Epiphany smartglasses at the Vergence Labs exhibit.

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Visitors to Sony's exhibit try out prototypes of the company's new Smart Eye Glass, a wearable device in which the lenses are the viewing area as opposed to a small screen above the one eye, like that used in Google Glass.

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John Sharp of XOEye Technology shows off a pair of augmented reality glasses designed for industrial use. The glasses can send a real time video image to a remote location, allowing a trainer to see what the wearer is seeing.

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Gamers immersing themselves in Intel's new 3D virtual realty glasses.

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One of the most highly anticipated introduction at CES was Oculus Rift, a virtual reality eyewear system for gamers.

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Cal Hamilton of NRG Energy was one of a number of Google Glass "Explorers" who wore their smartglasses at CES.

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Kaori Sendai models a pair of Epson's second generation Moverio glasses, which let the wearer view 3D games and movies while still seeing their environment.

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Orcam, an eyeglasses-mounted device designed to see and read text to visually impaired people, attracted a lot of attention at CES.

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Innovega debuted a working prototype of its iOptik display system, which uses a proprietary contact lens and glasses to show HD and 3D content.