Again Augmented Reality! And also contact lenses of the future. Now combined as an inspirational concept, competing with the Google Project Glass.
The Innovega iOptik system is more than a pair of glasses. Half the system, is a pair of the large, slightly goofy frames. But the core of iOptik is a pair of contact lenses embedded with tiny optical components and a filter. On their own, these behave just like ordinary contacts, and they’ll incorporate users’ prescriptions when necessary. But add the glasses, and you’ve got a heads-up display that promises a far wider field of vision than you’d get from a competitor like Vuzix.
The first version of Innovega’s glasses are designed for military use, but it’s planning a consumer version by 2014 or 2015. For now, it uses hard lenses, but the consumer version is set to use soft ones.
The iOptik glasses and lenses aren’t a self-contained platform like Glass or Vuzix glasses. Instead, the company plans to partner with more consumer-facing brands that can help bring it to market. For now, prototypes are shipping for military testing, the Pentagon placed an order earlier this year.