Posted by James on February 05, 2015
The level of innovation with sunglasses recently has been breathtaking. It seems that researchers, developers and academics are working hard to make sunglasses, and regular eye wear, as useful as possible.
Today, there's news of another innovation, though this is some way from becoming a reality.
Technology giant Samsung has filed a patent, for sunglasses that will be able to change the color and pattern of their frames in seconds. The patent explains that the lenses and frames are covered with a thin, transparent layer, which operates as a display. You can then change the color and pattern of your sunglasses, by using a smart phone app.
Just imagine, being able to look in the mirror before you leave the house in the morning, then use your smart phone to change your sunglasses so they match your clothes.
Of course, it's important to remember that just because a company patents something like this, it doesn't mean that the product is likely to hit the stores any time soon. Often, a company will patent an idea because they believe that the idea is technically possible, and they want to block another company from taking their idea to market. Plus, if a company who files a patent loses interest in a patented project, it's unlikely another company will risk working on their own version for legal reasons. That said, patents are often an indicator of what a company is working on.
For those of us who are passionate about sunglasses, it's great to know that a huge technology giant like Samsung, is looking at ideas to improve sunglasses. Equally, smaller tech companies are investing in developing the sunglasses market. I very recently reported that San Francisco based ODG, launched a pair of augmented reality sunglasses at the 2015 CES show in Las Vegas. You can read more here.
Ironically, the future is looking extremely bright for the sunglasses industry.
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