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About this project

VEYES WILL BE BACK!!  BETTER THAN EVER!!

Flip-up sunglasses that attach to the visor of your hat

How often do you wear sunglasses with a hat during your favorite sporting activity? Have you ever noticed how uncomfortable and inconvenient they are? Let’s face it, sunglasses and hats weren’t designed to be worn together – until now. 

Introducing VEYES, the 21st century version of flip-up sunglasses. VEYES eliminates the annoying temple bars associated with conventional sunglasses and attaches the lens directly to the visor of your hat. And, the lens flips up and down.

These aren’t your grandpa’s flip-up sunglasses!

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

VEYES is unlike anything you've seen before.  The VEYES frame attaches to a curved visor and pivots the lens between a down (operative) position and an up (inoperative) position.  The frame contains a hidden spring that keeps the lens in the up position and automates movement of the lens from the down position to the up position.  

Prototype shown. Lens in the down (operative) position.
Prototype shown. Lens in the down (operative) position.
Prototype shown. Lens in the up (inoperative) position.
Prototype shown. Lens in the up (inoperative) position.

Although simple in terms of design, VEYES is packed full of functionality:

Easily attaches to most curved visors

VEYES is designed to fit most curved visors. Believe it or not, most curved visors have the exact same dimensions and curvature. To attach VEYES to a curved visor, you simply slide the front clip of the VEYES frame onto the front of the visor, and then insert the sides of the visor into the two side clips on the VEYES frame, making sure they are evenly aligned.

Convenient and easy-to-use

VEYES is extremely convenient and easy-to-use. The spring keeps the lens in the up (inoperative) position while not in use. When you want the lens in front of your eyes (operative position), you simply pull the nosepiece down with your thumb and latch it into place. 

When you want the lens back up, just release the latch arm and the lens automatically springs back up. So now you don’t have to worry about where to put your glasses when you take them off.

Extremely comfortable

VEYES is extremely comfortable. The lens basically hovers in front of your eyes. There are no temple bars pressing against the sides of your head, and none of the weight of the glasses presses down on your nose. If you want the nosepiece to touch your nose, you simply adjust the position of your visor.

High quality, interchangeable lenses

VEYES uses high quality polycarbonate lenses complete with UV400 protection, which blocks harmful UVA and UVB radiation. VEYES comes with 5 interchangeable lenses: 

  • Dark gray polarized
  • Clear
  • Yellow tint
  • Blue tint
  • Multi-colored mirrored

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APPLICATIONS

VEYES flip-up sunglasses are perfect for sporting activities where hats are normally worn together with sunglasses or other protective eyewear.

Golfing

Flip your lens up when you’re hitting the ball or lining up your putts. No more worrying if your glasses are going to fall off your head when you lean over to address the ball. The lens doesn't interfere with your field of vision when in the up position. Use the multi-colored mirror lens or the gray polarized lens.

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Running

Many runners don't wear hats and sunglasses together due to the discomfort and inconvenience of the combination. Now you can. VEYES is comfortable and convenient. No more worrying if your glasses are going to fall off your face from sweat getting on the nosepiece, and no more worrying about where to put your glasses when you need to take them off. Use the multi-colored mirror lens or the gray polarized lens.

Target shooting

Flip your lens up without having to take off your earmuffs. And, no more pain from temple bars getting crushed into the side of your head by your earmuffs.  Use either the clear or yellow tinted lenses.

 Check out some stone cold shooting in slo-mo:

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Fishing

You probably keep your glasses on 99% of the time while you fish. Now, during the other 1% of the time, you no longer have to worry about your glasses falling into the water. Use the gray polarized lens.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

  • Frame material: polycarbonate (black)
  • Lens material: polycarbonate
  • Lens UV protection: UV400
  • Lens impact rating:  ANSI Z87.1-2003
  • Bolt material: anodized aluminum (black)
  • Spring material: stainless steel
  • Total weight: estimated 35 - 40 grams
  • Lens cleaning cloth: included, one per assembly

THE STORY

In 2007 I was playing golf quite regularly and grew increasingly frustrated with having to figure out where to put my sunglasses when I took them off to putt. I thought it would be cool if I could find sunglasses that attached to my visor and flipped up and down. I looked around to see if any sunglass manufacturers offered a solution, and much to my surprise, nobody did. Although I really wasn’t actively thinking about inventing a solution myself, I went ahead and inked my first concept drawings on 8/11/07 and 8/12/07 (below) in my invention notebook.

First concept sketches in 2007.
First concept sketches in 2007.

It wasn’t until 2014 that I revisited my flip-up sunglass idea. I was winding down a mobile health entrepreneurial venture and had some extra time on my hands. I first researched to see if any sunglass manufacturers were offering a flip-up sunglass solution (surely they were after 7 years!), and much to my surprise, again, nobody did. So, at that point I felt obligated to work on my idea and bring it to life so others could enjoy the benefits of flip-up sunglasses for golfing and other sporting activities.  

I created my first prototype from an old pair of sunglasses, some copper wire and electrical tape (see below). Although the lens in the prototype didn't pivot up, I just wanted to get a feel for how practical it would be to have a sunglass lens attached to a hat visor. I was surprised how: a) comfortable it was, and b) how not un-cool it looked (despite the copper wire).

First prototype.  Not flippable.
First prototype. Not flippable.

Well, after about 12 different designs and 3 different 3D printed prototypes over the past 9 months, I finally completed the design for VEYES. I'm really happy with the outcome and hope you like it too.

Patent pending

The design for VEYES is patent pending. 

What's next?

All of the design, development and prototyping for VEYES has been self-funded thus far. The money pledged through this Kickstarter campaign will be used to purchase the injection molds for the plastic frame components, place purchase orders for minimum order quantities from component vendors and hire a contract manufacturer here in the US to assemble, pack and ship the finished product. 

Here’s the plan to deliver a high quality VEYES product as soon as possible:  

  • May/June: Make lots of new Kickstarter friends! 
  • June/July: Execute purchasing agreements for injection mold tooling and product components. Execute manufacturing agreement with US contract manufacturer. 
  • August/September: Complete first manufacturing run. Evaluate quality and performance of first batch of product. Iterate on product design or component design if necessary. 
  • September/October: Finalize the assembly and shipment process and begin fulfillment.

Help me by sharing VEYES with your friends!

I need your help to spread the news about VEYES. Please share the VEYES campaign with your friends by clicking on the "Share this project" button at the top of this page.

Risks and challenges

The design of VEYES is complete and has been reviewed by engineers, industrial designers, manufacturing partners and beta users. The primary task now is to transition from producing one-off prototypes to manufacturing a high quality product in commercial volumes. Fortunately, I have extensive experience doing just that during the course of my career over the past 15 years inventing, designing and developing new products. I have worked hard throughout the design and development of VEYES to balance product design, functionality and ease-of-use with commercial manufacturability. I have also selected manufacturing partners with good track records of delivering high quality products on time. Despite these preparations, I still see the following as risks in terms of meeting the promised delivery date:

TOOLING: The lead-time for the injection mold tooling is 8 weeks. If, for some reason, the tooling doesn’t meet expectations, or requires a redesign, we would have to wait an additional 8 weeks for new tooling. To minimize this risk, I spent considerable time during the development process with the injection molding and tooling partner optimizing the design of the VEYES frame components for injection molding.

VOLUME: The goal for this project equates to around 1,000 VEYES assemblies. If that amount is greatly exceeded – which I hope is the case – it could push the timeline back several weeks, depending on the total volume.

My goal is to deliver a high quality VEYES product to you in a timely manner. I will communicate routinely with backers throughout the project to ensure you are always up-to-speed on the progress of VEYES.

Last but not least: Any pledge amount brings VEYES one step closer to the goal. Help me make VEYES a reality by clicking the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page, or by helping me spread the word by sharing VEYES with your friends.

Thank you for your support!!

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