LaunchPad: Systems/Equipment Bolle’s New Augmented Reality Experience Helps Retailers Make Touchless Sales By Staff Tuesday, July 7, 2020 9:15 AM Product: Bolle Augmented Reality ExperienceTop Line: Sunglass maker Bolle is introducing an exclusive Augmented Reality Sunglass experience that lets shoppers safely try on and try out the company’s flagship lens technology without ever having to physically touch the glasses.Close Up: Partnering with QReal and M7 Innovations, Bolle has created a first-of-its-kind AR experience for the sunglass industry. Within Instagram, the demonstration invites users to “try out” Bolle’s Phantom lens through one of the brand’s iconic models, the Chronoshield. After seeing the glasses on their face, users simply flip their camera from selfie-view to front-facing and Phantom lenses are superimposed on their actual view. Users then introduce sunglass effects like high contrast, anti-fog, and photochromatic into their real surroundings to see Phantom lenses in action. Once users select a lens that suits their style and needs, they can search for a participating dealer and purchase from that retailer.“AR is routinely used for try-on and certainly enhances the buying experience. But AR for try-out, this is a first,” said Louis Cisti, vice president of global marketing for Bolle Brands. “In the new normal of retail, Bolle recognizes that safety is now the most important thing. Both dealers and consumers demand shopping encounters that minimize physical interaction. However, when it comes to buying premium sunglasses, consumers still have high expectations and have to see tangible benefits. Bolle’s AR try-out bridges that gap and does all the heavy lifting. The retailer can offer an engaging and interactive shopping experience while the consumer gets to see perceivable performance benefits. It’s truly a win-win.”Click below to watch a video about Bolle’s new AR try-on system.Vital Stats: Using AR, users will experience several unique Bolle lens features that demonstrate Phantom’s superiority for spring skiing, cycling, running and more.• Light Adaptive Technology: the user is presented with a slider that allows them to change their exposure, making the scene brighter or darker. They watch Phantom’s molecular photochromic filter adapt to changes in ambient light. • Platinum Anti-Fog Treatment: The user’s view begins to fog up, simulating the fogging that occurs from sweat while riding, hiking, or spring skiing. Fog condenses outside the glasses, but the view through the sunglasses remains crystal clear, mimicking the real-world performance Phantom Lenses in a perspiring situation.• High Contrast: The scene outside the glasses remains natural, but the user is able to experience improved color and depth perception as they look through the Phantom lenses.For the try-on part of the experience users will be able to see how they look in the Bolle Chronoshield, a new take on an original style from the 1980s. The Chronoshield offers an extra wide field of view, ideal for visual comfort and protection against wind or debris. Venting ensures the lenses never fog up and the adjustable Thermogrip nose-pads and temple tips gives a custom fit while making sure they stay in place.To try out Phantom Lenses using this augmented reality experience, users can either click on a QR code that will be included in Bolle marketing materials or may visit this link using their: Merged Single Lens Experience.