Have you ever wondered what the future holds for eyewear?
This was the concept that designers and artists were trying to portray at the 2017 Overview Exhibition. The exhibition which was commissioned by Israeli Design Museum Holon was meant to bring together art pieces that showed the past, present, and future of eyeglasses. There were over 400 designs on show from high fashion futuristic eyewear to some really interesting designs that included highly personalized frames. Apart from the exhibition, others around the world have also had some ideas on future technology concerning eyewear. Here are the top four ideas that grabbed our attention.
1. Wearable Artificial Vision Devices
This particular breakthrough is especially important for people with low vision. Such people often have great difficulties with simple things that most people take for granted such as watching TV, reading, and recognizing people’s faces. With wearable artificial vision devices, such people will be helped tremendously thanks to the use of cameras within their eyewear which scan what’s around them and tells them what it is. Other wearable technology will have the ability to project and magnify objects and words so those with low vision can read and see clearly.
3. Cyber Contact Lenses
Care to upload content to the internet via contact lenses? Yes, the concept seems rather far-fetched and something that we thought was only seen in movies, but it turns out there are companies out there experimenting with making this a reality. From recording, sharing, and transmitting images in the literal blink of an eye, to scanning, reading, and HD clarity, these contact lenses really are the future of eyewear. That’s not all however. With the advancement of virtual reality, some developers are already looking at finding ways to augment the experience through the use of these smart contact lenses.
2. Smart Eyewear
Technology is now everywhere we look, and so why not integrate it into prescription lenses? With smart eyewear, scientists are hoping that wearers will be able to connect seamlessly to the internet and carry out activities we already do such as record videos, upload them, share images and view files – where – on the lenses of our glasses! This concept actually isn’t so far off. Social media giant Snapchat are already working on a prototype, their Spectacles. These Spectacles are meant to help integrate social media into our daily lives through video and media sharing.
4. Mobile Eyewear
Google’s attempts to design eyewear that could replace your mobile phone are still in the pipeline. Their very first prototype, Google Glass 1 didn’t do as well as hoped. However, this did not deter the company and instead opened doors to more innovation. Software developers who were fortunate enough to get their hands on the $1,500 a pair sample of Google Glass 1 were disappointed by the crudeness of the glasses and the lack of efficient design. Thankfully, there are already rumors of there being a more advanced set of eyewear - Google Glass 2. Google Glass 2 is expected to be released within the not-too-distant future.
It’s obvious to see that the 21st century holds a lot in terms of glasses technology. We have come a long way in terms of spectacle design, function, and form since the first pair was invented in 1286 in Italy. From being unsightly and not so popular in the earlier centuries, to being used as a fashion statement by celebrities today, eyewear has really progressed and continues to progress. It seems that as we advance into the future, we’ll be seeing more and more people turn to eyewear not just for correcting vision problems but to help capture day to day moments by taking photos, recording videos and even uploading them online!
Don’t Neglect to Visit the Doctor
While all this is fantastic, it’s also clear to see that we’re still a long way off to most of this technology being readily available to the common person. This, therefore, means that the best way to get appropriate eyewear that corrects your vision problems and helps you see with more clarity is to visit your doctor and get a visual checkup. Perhaps in the future doctors will be able to conduct these eye tests online while you’re at home. But until that happens, make sure you don’t stop your regular eye checkups.