Gunnar Digital Performance Eyewear

Gunnar Phenom EyewareGunnar‘s digital performance eyewear is a range of spectacles designed for people who spend too much time in front of a screen. Typically stylish and yellow-lensed, Todd occasionally wears a pair of Gunnars while doing the GNC show.

Joe Croft dropped in to show off the latest specs and Gunnar currently has a four-way line-up with Advanced Computer, Advanced Gaming, Premium 3D and Advanced Outdoor eyewear. As you might guess, three out of the four are primarily for indoor use only.

The Advanced Computer eyewear is for those people who use computer screens all day and the glasses help with the typical symptoms of prolonged computer use, such as a lowering in the blink rate leading to dry eyes, tired eye muscles from short range focussing and poor light quality from fluorescent lights. The technology in Gunnar glasses addresses each of those issues to make the eyes more comfortable while using a computer screen.

The new Spring 2012 collection is now out at Gunnars. Prices from $80 – $300 for standard lenses. Budget up to $700 for custom prescription lenses from Zeiss.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Steve Lee of Netcast Studio for the TechPodcast Network.

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PixelOptics’ Electronically Focussing Eyeglasses, emPower!

If you wear glasses or are getting to a certain age where you need glasses to read, then you need to watch this video – it shows the future of eyeglasses.

After 11 years of research, PixelOptics have developed the world’s first electronically focussing glasses, emPower!, that automatically adjust the strength of the lens depending on whether you are looking into the distance or trying to read a book. The front of each lens is covered with a thin LCD film 3 microns (3 um) thick that can adjust the refractive index and power of the lens. The glasses themselves have a built-in inductive rechargeable battery that will last three to four days on one charge, but most people will charge them every night while they are asleep. Even if the battery runs out, the glasses will still work as ordinary spectacles at their default strength.

Cost is about 30% over a premium pair of spectacles with progressive lenses.

Totally amazing.

Interview by Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast.

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