How annoying are eyeglasses? You're always swapping from reading glasses to a pair for distance. Or, if you wear bifocals, you're always looking down when you should be looking up, and vice versa. Either way, you never see as clearly as you'd like.
Worse, the minute you buy a new pair of glasses, your vision seems to change. You'd think with all the new technology out there that eyeglasses would be a thing of the past.
As it turns out, there's a new pair of eyeglasses in development that'll make eyeglass swapping and bifocals unnecessary. Have you heard of omnifocals?
These are eyeglasses with lenses that automatically adjust to where you're looking, so you can see in perfect vision, no matter how far or close the object is. A company called Deep Optics is developing these eyeglasses, and they should be available pretty soon.
Here's how it works. There are two sensors on the eyeglass frame that continually monitor your pupils. An electric signal is sent to see-through liquid crystal lenses, which adjust in less than a second. The liquid crystal almost instantly changes to put the entire lens into focus, based on where you're looking. (Photos and video below, next page.)
"The human eye has a natural focusing ability that degrades with age," said Deep Optics CEO Yariv Haddad, in a statement. "Current multifocal glasses compensate for this degradation, but they cannot offer adaptable correction power management. The dynamic solution we're developing is actually similar to the human focusing mechanism, and so in addition to its superior lens function, should be even easier to get used to with minimal, if any, adjustment required."
What do you think? Would you wear Deep Optic's omnifocals if they were currently available? Let us know in comments.