VSP Global has teamed up with the University of California to unveil the eyewear of the future. The whole concept is called Project Genesis by VSP’s innovation department, The Shop, and is being dubbed Level. Level Glasses are essentially a pair of glasses with a bunch of activity trackers thrown into it. It works in the same way as a Fitbit would but instead of wearing a band around your wrist, these glasses replace the ones you currently wear while adding these extra fitness functionalities.
This time, VSP has made the technology largely invisible, in contrast to the glasses they had developed in collaboration with Google Glass. Leslie Muller, one of the leads from The Shop, says, “The new Level frames forced us to reimagine the entire design and manufacturing process for eyewear.
“Designers collaborated with firmware and biomedical engineers, who collaborated with traditional eyewear craftspeople to produce something that is both technologically advanced but also seamless and beautiful.”
Level includes an accelerometer, a gyroscope and a magnetometer, housed in a slim and stylish package. It pairs easily with your smartphone via Bluetooth (both Android and iOS) and the battery lasts about 3 days with each charge. The pair is water-resistant as well and even comes with a Find my Glasses feature for the absent-minded.
The glasses will measure step count, calories and activity time. As part of the prototype study, every time a user reaches their daily target, a donation is made in the form of an eye checkup and a pair of glasses for someone in need. This is in partnership with VSP Global’s Eyes of Hope initiative.
The study will run until early 2017 and after that the company will decide what to do in terms of market introduction and commercial sales.