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April 25, 2013
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SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT

Chemat’s Compact Free-form System
Smart Specs Combine Style, Functionality

EXAMS / DISPENSING

Sleek, High Tech, Low Vision Solution

WEB TECH

FitLive 3
Eyefinity

SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT

Chemat Vision Debuts Free-form System for ECP Practices


Product:
Chemalux CTC-100 Free-form Lab System
Top Line: Chemat Vision is launching Chemalux CTC-100 Mini Freeform Lab to meet the demand of in-office digital surfacing in ECP practices.
Close Up: This very compact mini free-form lab system integrates digital surfacing with hard coating. The equipment employs a stable granite base with a vibration-isolation mechanism, air bearing and reaction eliminator to yield superior quality surfaces, according to Chemat Vision. The PSR index matching coatings based on nanotechnology can fill the trenches generated by diamond point turning, and no polishing is needed. The system yields extremely precise optics by eliminating the optics-degrading polishing step. The system is clean due to the dry cutting process as well as no polishing.
Vital Stats: The initial capital investment is the lowest to introduce the free-form lab system into the eyecare practice.
www.chematvision.com; (800) 475-3628

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Epiphany Eyewear Offers Stylish 'Smart' Specs


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Product:
Epiphany Eyewear Smart Glasses
Top Line: If you’re hungry for a pair of smart specs but don’t want to look like a cyborg, check out Epiphany Eyewear. Created by Vergence Labs, a California-based start-up, created Epiphany Eyewear and is introducing a line of stylish specs that feature a thick, black frame made of “shape-memory” nylon, spring hinges and polarized, UV-blocking lenses. They were designed by David Meisenholder, whose portfolio includes Lady Gaga’s GL-20 Polaroid video glasses.
Close Up: Epiphany Eyewear offers HD video recording with audio, which is controlled by a tactile “on” button on the right temple, and HD live streaming through a compatible tablet to YouGen.TV and Facebook. The glasses are powered by a lithium ion battery that can be recharged over USB after one to two hours of video recording, which in normal use of recording short video snippets means about two days of normal use.
The frames, currently available in black only, are equipped with a multiple lens stack with a multi-layer AR coating, including a plano front lens that is impact resistant and a 2.00 base lens in the back that can take prescriptions from -2.00D to +2.00. Sandwiched between them is a flat, electrochromic lens that is activated by a small switch at the front of the frame. The speed of activation, from lightly tinted to dark gray, is one millisecond.
Although the current version of the lens can only flip from light to dark and back again, future versions will have the ability for the wearer to adjust the degree of tint they want using an app that controls the voltage. Future versions of Epiphany Eyewear will also have Internet connectivity.
Vital Stats: Currently, Epiphany glasses are only available from the company’s website. Prices vary according to how much video storage the buyer wants. 8 GB storage costs $299; 16 GB costs $399 and 32GB costs $499.
www.epiphanyeyewear.com


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EXAMS / DISPENSING

Ocutech Intros Compact, Convenient Low Vision Device


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Product:
Sightscope Flip
Top Line: Ocutech, Inc., a leading creator and distributor of low vision aids for the visually impaired, is releasing Sightscope Flip, the first low vision device to flip out of the way when not in use.
Close Up: Ocutech president and co-founder, Henry Greene, OD, an internationally known specialist in treating visual impairments, created the Sightscope Flip in order to provide the visually impaired with an affordable and high quality product that solves issues common to many low vision devices.
“The Sightscope Flip was developed to provide the visually impaired with a sleek, high tech device that produces the widest field of view and sharpest image possible. It was also created with prescribers in mind, as it is easy to fit and prescribe at a significantly lower cost to the patient. Also, unlike many other products on the market, the Sightscope Flip allows prescribers to demonstrate the benefits of telescopic magnification easier and quicker than ever before.”
Key features:
  • Flips aside when not in use.
  • Costs less than $1,000.
  • Easy to use and prescribe. Adjusts easily to the wearer’s specific vision.
  • Sleek, professional look.
  • Wide field of view.
Vital Stats: The Sightscope Flip contains sophisticated telescopic optics designed to be small in size yet maximizes the field of view.
www.ocutech.com; (800) 326-6460

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WEB TECH

Fitting Box Debuts FitLive 3, a 3D Virtual Fitting Solution for Eyewear


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FitLive 3, by Fitting Box, a leader in virtual try on technology, is described as a new virtual fitting web application for eyewear retailers, e-commerce and brand websites. This app turns the web user’s screen into a virtual mirror, directly in the web browser, with just a standard webcam.
Top Line: Thanks to the augmented reality and the photo technology developed by the Fitting Box’s R&D Lab, FitLive 3 enables web users to try on frames in 3D, in full motion and in an immersive and photorealistic way, allowing a try on which shows the head in motion and shows lens reflections or transparency. FitLive 3 embeds new face detection and real time face tracking algorithms. The interface has been upgraded to offer a better positioning of eyeglass frames on the user and the load and display times have also been reduced substantially due to a new compressed format of 3D objects, the company said.
Close Up: FitLive 3 adds two major features: The “Double Mirror” and the “Full Screen Mode.” For retailers and brands, this enables a way to show the entire catalog of frames in very fine details. It allows the website visitors to virtually wear the glasses and to view them, in real-time, from all angles, how the glasses fit their face.
Vital Stats: FitLive 3 also integrates into any CMS or E-commerce platform including Drupal, Magento, PrestaShop, Zen Cart and others. A demo, which enables a user to capture their own image via their computer’s camera is viewable for anyone here. The demo can be viewed on a Windows or MAC OS, using the web browsers Internet Explorer version 8 or more, Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
Jobson and Fitting Box are strategic partners in the U.S. For more information, contact either: Tom Lamond, Jobson (212-219-7804) or via email at tlamond@jobson.com, or Sylvain Jaboeuf (+33 9 71 00 71 15) or via email at contact@fittingbox.com.
www.fittingbox.com

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