Glasses have been passive devices for decades. With the integration of technology, glasses will become interactive. The wearer will have one single product with multiple functionalities, potentially replacing the need for smartphones. To create smart glasses, the two emerging trends of customizing prescription lenses and integrating technology need to be combined.
For smart glasses to be accepted by the consumer, they must look, feel, and function like regular fashion eyeglasses. Smart glasses wearers’ need for prescription lenses must be addressed alongside the integration of smart technology inside the lens. Luxexcel 3D printing technology enables this increasingly necessary combination.
About 60% of the world population today requires prescription lenses to correct their vision. By 2030, it’s predicted that this will grow to 80% of the world population requiring vision correction. Currently, smart glasses don’t address this growing need for a prescription well. Some have tried prescription adapters which are bulky, create glare, are hard to clean and don’t stay in place well. We offer a better solution.
Many technology companies have a business model that stocks products in anticipation of a consumer placing an order as SKUs. Once vision correction through prescription lenses is necessary for 80% of the population, this model will no longer work. To date, stocking just the most common lens prescriptions needed would result in more than 3 million SKUs. Luxexcel works with market partners to offer a turnkey solution which addresses this need, without a massive capital investment.
We are working with several companies to integrate functionalities inside lenses. For hundreds of years, glasses have been passive devices with enormous potential. In the next decade, this will change and result in mass demand for smart interactive glasses.