These aren’t your daddy’s bifocals, although these emPower! eyeglasses have the same look, weight and feel of regular eyewear these babies have microchip, micro-accelerometers, and miniature batteries hidden inside the temples of the eyeglass frames. The transparent liquid crystal layer in each lens is able to electronically change and activate the near focus lens only when needed with no moving parts and all without making a sound.
emPower! allows for seeing clearly at all distances; far, near and in between. Wearers can operate the glasses in three different modes: manual on, automatic and manual off. emPower! is shock resistant and waterproof. One charge of the battery allows for two to three days of operation.
Beginning in May 2011, in a partnership with Aspex Eyewear and Panasonic Healthcare Co., LTD, the emPower! eyeglasses will be first available in the Southeastern U.S., and then across the country by the end of 2011. Panasonic will manufacture the electronic lens blanks and the electronic frames will be produced by Aspex Eyewear and will be available in wire (metal), zyl (plastic), rimless and rimmed, including multiple color options.
Awesome, and available soon, no definitive word yet on price, but word is around $1200.00 bucks.