Google Glass Messed It Up, But Zeiss Smart Lenses Might Pull Through

Zeiss Smart Lenses

It all started two years ago, when Carl Zeiss’ engineers and executives decided it was time to combine their two products: head-mounted displays and lenses, but only a year later they’ve come up with a prototype. The problem is that Zeiss needs a partner which will show signs of interest to carry out the project and make the smart glass a real deal. Google’s failure had many causes and its rivals have learned from its mistakes, and Zeiss has taken into consideration all aspects that could fascinate a potential buyer.

The smart glass that Zeiss has built will look and feel like normal glasses, which means that they’re light and not clunky. No other company has managed to achieve this, while Zeiss had the idea to integrate a Fresnel structure into a standard lens and at the edge of it is a small display which reflects the light into the lens, then the Fresnel structure and the eyes see the reflected light from the Fresnel structure. Inside the “arm” of the glasses are hidden the processor, battery and other internal components, and all of them are wired into the OLED display, which shows projected images through a polycarbonate “light path” which is placed on the edge of the lens.

The device really looks like a normal pair of glasses, so you can wear them at the office, on the street or at home, as they’re just 5 grams heavier than a normal pair of glasses. Unfortunately, Zeiss hasn’t taken its glasses at the CES this year, but most likely, until the next edition of the event, a hardware partner will show up and shake hands with the German manufacturer of optical systems. “One of the key criteria for us in selecting the right partner is who’s really able to get into the window of opportunity that’s now open?” said Kai Jens Ströder, director of business development for Smart Optics division.

Zeiss hasn’t offered an estimated price of the upcoming glasses, but the prototype already has some demo applications such as a map, a video player etc.

Sources: Wired & Engadget