The Amazing Future of Eyeglasses modern technology
Moving sidewalks. Check. Robot vacuum cleaners. Check. Speaking of alarm clocks. Check. Quick cook with buttons. Check. Live video chats. Check. Personal jetpacks. Check. Flying cars. Check.
All of these futuristic conveniences were represented in “The Jetsons” when it debuted 50 years ago. At that time they did not exist. Now they do.
What? Even the flying car? Yes, even the flying car, which exists as a hybrid car / plane that’s about three years off the market. You do not believe me? Look it up on Google (after you’ve finished reading this article).
We still don’t have George Jetson’s nine-hour workweek (sigh). And you’d practically have to go to an airport to travel on a moving sidewalk.
But all of these things, in one way or another, have happened, not to mention some little things “The Jetsons” didn’t foresee, like the personal computer and the Internet.
All of these devices have improved our lives. (Okay, maybe not the talking alarm clock.) But other inventions, such as eyeglasses, despite some improvements and refinements, have stubbornly remained as in the 20th century.
That is about to change, with the development or availability of new generations of glasses that provide these amazing features:
Give limited vision to the blind. Check. Correcting color blindness. Check. Automatically change the focus of your single vision glasses from far to near. Check. Downloadable glasses made on a 3D printer. Check. Eye exams done on your smartphone. Check.
In addition to the biggest change of all, which has received the most ink: Google Glass, a pair of glasses that are not really glasses, but a computer that is worn on the face, like a pair of glasses.
You have undoubtedly heard of Google Glass, its innovations and its drawbacks. Even though it won’t be released for purchase to the general public until next year, it’s already getting angry pushback from people disturbed by the invasive privacy implications of Glass users being able to videotape or photographing them surreptitiously, who have coined the term “Glassholes”.
Google’s competitors, including Sony, Nokia, Microsoft, and Apple, among others, are rushing to improve a product that is not yet available for purchase.
(Some software developers were allowed to buy and test Google Glasses prototypes for $ 1,500 each.)
But other companies are creating computer glasses for specific purposes. Recon Instruments, for example, is developing smart glasses for skiers, who will be able enchroma clip on glasses to see their speed, elevation and distance, among other data, right inside their ski goggles.
2AI Labs is developing another type of futuristic glasses. Its O2Amps are designed to detect changes in blood flow to a person’s face. Blood flow indicates your emotional state, as well as possible bruising or other trauma under the skin.
Doctors and nurses would find this app helpful, as would law enforcement personnel, poker players, and the spouse whose partner got home suspiciously late.
However, none of these glasses are prescription glasses that will correct or improve your vision. Google Glass and all these other smart glasses will need to be worn over prescription glasses or configured to include the user’s prescription.
No, for prescription eyewear innovations, the main focus, so to speak, is on glasses that replace progressive or bifocals. Some people just can’t get used to having their reading and distance (bifocal) recipes or their reading, computer and distance (progressive) recipes in a single lens.
These multifocal glasses will be the right ones for them. They have lenses that range from distance to computer to reading vision, all at the touch of a button, slider, or dial, like the focus knob on a pair of binoculars.