Researchers at the University of Utah recently developed a prototype for a pair of “smart glasses” that have the ability to automatically focus on whatever the wearer wants to see. The glasses allow you to see near or far. This new development could possibly eliminate the need for two separate glasses, bifocals or reading glasses. The design of the glasses is defiantly not complete and will take at least a year for the designers to make the glasses look “smart” and sleek. More development needs to occur in the technology department area because currently, the wear of the glasses is only able to focus when they are looking forward. The current technology struggles with picking up peripheral vision, but the hardest part of the innovation is complete.
The most interesting part of the “smart glasses” is that it doesn’t contain any glass. There is a highly viscous liquid called glycerin that is sandwiched between two rubber membranes. The glycerin lens automatically adjusts to the preferred prescription of the user. There is a small device is located in the glasses near the rear membrane that pass the information to the actuators. The actuators that move the membrane know how much to bend the lenses based on a sensor embedded in the bridge of the glasses. The glasses are able to be warped to shorten the focal length when the sensor realizes the user is moving toward an object. Disbelievers might argue that the lenses would take a long time adjust to the movement of the user; however, the total time needed to make a focal point change is about 14 milliseconds, many times faster than the average blink. In our times, convenience is a main advantage in every market. These glasses would put compete with major companies simply because of the convenience. This new product seems promising in the glasses market, but this new technology could possibly be used for more advanced technology for all sorts of companies.
This glycerin technology could be developed in areas all over the market. For instance, an I-phone camera has the ability to refocus when the user manually touches the screen but there would be no need to focus the lens. This technology could make it easier for security or soldiers because it enhances quick changes in focal vision. This technology could ease the struggles of robot’s eyesight by having clearer vision to move products. These new researches are the first to invent a technology like this. They have major advantages because they are the first into the market. Once the company develops their final product, they can continue to improve their product which gives them opportunities to sell their technology to other areas of the market. There is also an app that allows the glasses to connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth. From that point, the user can calibrate the glasses to their optical prescription. There is also an app that allows the glasses to connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth. From that point, the user can calibrate the glasses to their optical prescription.