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Vuzix Announces Prescription Smart Glasses
Wearable Tech World Feature Article
July 28, 2015
Vuzix Announces Prescription Smart Glasses
By David Delony
Contributing Writer

Vuzix has announced that its M100 Smart Glasses are now available in a prescription format.

The M100 is an Android (News - Alert)-based wearable computer that offers a “heads-up display” using an eyepiece in addition to safety glasses. It offers hands-free use in addition to eye protection. It looks similar to Google (News - Alert) Glass, but is intended for industrial uses.

The device has been certified for ANSI/ISEA (International Safety Equipment Association) Z87.1-2010 standards, something Google Glass never achieved.

“This safety standard is excellent news for the ongoing development and global sales of Vuzix,” Paul Travers, Vuzix president and Chief Executive Officer at Vuzix, said. "Our devices are used throughout industry and having glasses that not only allow for prescription lenses, but also have the Z87.1-2010 rating gives us an even stronger case for use in challenging enterprise environments."

Users have full access to the range of Android applications for the M100. The device allows users to record what they’re seeing. This could make the M100 a valuable training tool by showing viewers what it’s actually like to work on a mechanical device or perform a surgical procedure. The design for work should eliminate a lot of the privacy problems that Google Glass faced.

Since the device can be tailored to a user’s vision, it’s possible to use the M100 for long stretches without eyestrain. The device uses Rochester Optical’s (News - Alert) Smart GOLD lenses, with the upper corners of the lenses adjusted for use with the display.

"We are delighted to be working with and supporting Vuzix. Securing the rating is part of our ongoing program to help leading manufacturers solve their safety eyeglasses and industrial smart eyewear problems,” Rochester Optical CEO Patrick HO said. “Our objective is to help remove any barriers to smart glasses adoption by leading the way with robust safety standards and excellent quality. This is another ground-breaking step forward.”

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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