No, there is no such thing as a doyenne of digital sunglasses. There’s sometimes a good excuse for wearing something like this; for example, as part of a state-of-the-art camera to allow professionals to more easily take photo after photo of athletes during races. But we aren’t social animals, and therefore we would have looked like we were sweating if we had chosen this alternative to a boring looking pair of prescription-sized sunglasses from Sunglass Hut. The answer is simple. There’s something to be said for having a personal identification for something we have no control over, such as our glasses.
Here is how to bring a smile to others’ faces in Vision Lens, a new organization that claims its glasses not only work but also enhance the world we live in. Essentially, it wants to find a way to replace glasses that might not have made it into the equation, such as that of the Dickies Perfect Fit Bluetooth Digital In-Sight™ sunglasses (incompatible with much of today’s smart products, like Bluetooth smartphones). And it will. The way the glasses work will allow anyone, regardless of whether they wear glasses, to be connected to Vision Lens’ platform in very simple ways. The First of its kind, the tech for the glasses is not created by any one company or company alone, but by twenty different companies.
To use the glasses for vanity reasons (you have to have yourself somewhere to be photographed), you have to consult the Program Control on your smartphone and select a range of up to 10 frames to take a photo from your subject’s side. After that, you enter the images on the Board of Vision (1 and 2) that are sent to Vision Lens’ partner app and then request to be posted and added to a personalized online portal. A user’s face appears on the profile page of the EyeZilla profile and any subject they have attached their face to appears on the profile with the same photo to publish. All users can view and edit images shared through the portal to share with loved ones and contacts or to view and edit images from other participating users.
Previously, only iPhone users and Galaxy users could use the glasses to take photos in the same window and to share. Now, they can simply upload each image through the box that appears in your app. Sure, some users already have this feature and want to use a phone for digital photo sharing, but once you have the right system built in for the camera, it makes sense. The glasses also have a “make and save” button on their face that allows users to easily save or remap any image to their corresponding ShareTilt and soon it will be the option to make any image to share onto their other Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter profile.
Other web products also require a username and password in order to use: The Embiid Vision Powered Glasses, that allows users to share images via Twitter or Facebook, the Airplab-enabled Airspace, and the Accelerator, which will be going on sale soon to give users an iPhone-sized integrated lens computer. But all of these products already have their own apps to show users their images in a way that allows them to search for additional and non-interactive images. All of these and other products are integrating capabilities that were not available before.
The group wanted to do things differently and go from piloting the glasses to selling in a primary market for this vision-enhancing solution. Participants are invited to participate in a single-entry form that creates a membership and commits them to spend a minimum of $59.95 on signing up, pre-payment, installation, and removal, and by using an app to initiate a confirmation process. They also have the option to register other co-sponsors, which include business and government organizations that have a strong history of expanding the reach of their services and a need to serve them to customers that benefit from those services.
Vision Lens is starting with over one hundred of the most popular apps. They are also working on other apps with different lenses in different lenses and add-ons to improve the glasses’ aesthetic. The future of the company looks to be a fantastic and seamless collaboration between talent from software developers, technology professionals, innovators, designers, and a focused group of co-sponsors. The company has been led by co-founder Shiseido Sun, after the company raised $3.5 million in seed funding from Bloomberg Beta Capital and a couple of their previous investors such as Maveron and Rainfall Ventures.
Those interested in joining can start a new account or even donate a “donation line” that can be emailed to them at VisionLenses.com. The first optometrist in the US is expected to test them for safety later this year.