iOptik honored in Popular Science 2012 Invention Awards

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Augmented reality gains acclaim through Invention Awards

Augmented reality eyewear seems to be all the rage in the technology world. Companies like Google have been making waves in their industry by unveiling details of their own augmented reality projects. The concept of eyewear that can digitize a person’s vision is becoming vastly popular, with more companies beginning to test the waters to determine whether they too should pursue such projects. The technology is part of the focus for this year’s Invention Awards, hosted by Popular Science.

iOptik wins honors from Popular Science

The Invention Awards are meant to put hundreds of innovative inventions through a rigorous evaluation process conducted by the editors of Popular Science. In the end, 10 inventions were honored, among them the iOptik from Randy Sprague, a former electrical engineer with two decades of experience behind him. The iOptik is an augmented reality eyewear system that can create digital images that are meant to provide wearers with convenient information pertaining to a wide variety of topics. In the past, Sprague has created similar display systems for the U.S. military.

Augmented reality glasses and contact lenses create new experience for users

The iOptik features a variety of augmented reality capabilities. The glasses are equipped with two minute projectors that are mounted on each arm. These projectors create digital images on the lenses of the glasses. The glasses come with a pair of augmented reality contact lenses, which are designed to filter out certain light sources to make viewing digital displays easier. The contact lenses also allow users to see the physical world clearly and without the digital imagery from the glasses obscuring their vision.

iOptik expected to compete with Project Glass

iOptik is not alone in the augmented reality scene. Google is currently the largest name in the arena with its Project Glass product. The majority of augmented reality eyewear are not slated for commercial release any time soon, however, which could give iOptik enough time to bolster its features in order to compete with Google’s Project Glass.

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