Vuzix Adds Prescription-Capable Smart Glasses

>Rochester Optical has officially launched its ANSI (American National Standards Institute) rated safety glasses for the Vuzix M100.

ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Vuzix® Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI), a leading supplier of Video Eyewear and Smart Glasses products in the consumer, enterprise, and entertainment markets, is pleased to announce that Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses are now available for the first time in a prescription capable safety glass format. Industry leader Rochester Optical has officially launched its ANSI (American National Standards Institute) rated safety glasses for the Vuzix® M100. The safety glasses with side shields successfully met ANSI/ISEA (International Safety Equipment Association) Z87.1-2010 standards and are available to innovative companies utilizing Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses in the workplace. Rochester Optical is the first and only optical manufacturer to offer prescription safety glasses for Vuzix M100 currently.

Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses with Prescription Safety Glasses

“This safety standard is excellent news for the ongoing development and global sales of Vuzix,” noted Paul Travers, President and Chief Executive Officer at Vuzix. “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.”

Patrick Ho, CEO of Rochester Optical commented, “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. 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.”

The availability of Z87.1-2010 certified eyeglasses for the M100 smart glasses will allow companies conducting pilots to roll out programs to more users and ultimately into broader adoption without compromising worker safety.

Employees view the smart glasses display frequently and for long durations. Therefore, in addition to safety, visual acuity, comfort and fashion are critical. Rochester Optical’s Smart GOLD™ Lenses minimize eyestrain and eye fatigue, allowing Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses to be worn comfortably for extended periods of time. Smart GOLD Lenses compensate for the unique visual demands of smart glasses. Whereas normal prescription lenses are not optimized for devices using a Heads Up Display (HUD) such as the Vuzix M100, Smart GOLD Lenses provide specific adjustments – unique to a user’s eyes – for the upper corners of a lens where a HUD is located. This greater visual clarity may help minimize eyestrain and eye fatigue for smart glass wearers. By creating an additional, optimized optical center where the HUD is viewed and compensating to balance binocular vision, Smart GOLD eliminates prismatic effects and off axis aberrations, providing continuous, comfortable visual acuity.