If you were in Delaware Park on the right day at the right time, you might have been a subject, chosen at random, to try out a new kind of sunglasses.
Former local inventor Chris Mullen, PhD, and the University at Buffalo, according to Science Daily, are developing a lens that can darken only in the exact spots needed to combat glare. A model of the sunglasses was tried out here.
Mullin was quoted as saying that “Our products let users see more in glare situations than ever before, because they reduce direct glare 10 to 100 times more than any other sunglasses.” He is the founder and CEO of Dynamic Eye. Since then, UB electrical engineering professor Albert Titus, PhD, has worked with him on miniaturized electronics that make the sunglasses work.
The lenses are LCD screens, and as such, they can create the individual darkened areas. To sense the light, there is a tiny camera in the bridge of the frame which determines if the glare warrants a darkened lens. If it does, then what is called a “microcontroller” tells the liquid crystal display screens to move a four-to-six millimeter square into the line of vision.
The speed of all this analysis and production? Only 50 milliseconds. And when the finished product is ready to be marketed, it will have concrete applications, including rearview mirrors and windshield technology as well as glasses for glaucoma patients.
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