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With Sealz rapid transition glasses, we are introducing a new, patented innovation to the world of performance and safety eyewear.

The glasses can be converted to sealed goggles at the push of a button, enabling the wearer to quickly activate them in an emergency and gain visibility in harsh conditions - or even under water!

The prototype shown in our main video is a hand-made model which is fully functional. It's fair to say though that it doesn't quite look as sexy as the final product will. So check out our website or Facebook page to see what the glasses will look like...

You can have a say in which product design you want us to make by voting on our Facebook page - just like your preferred style, and whichever gets the most votes is the one we will make!


The next stage of the Sealz project is tooling & manufacturing. It is expected this process will take up to 3 months. We are partly self-funding this process (as it costs a lot more than our Kickstarter target), but we are asking for kickstarters to help us along the way... and in the process secure themselves one of our first ever products. All money raised will go towards product quality and manufacturing, and if we exceed our target, towards additional product enhancements (such as a ventilation system to prevent fogging in extreme environments).

 Product description & specifications

  • May be worn casually as an ordinary pair of fashionable sunglasses.
  • When required, an effective yet comfortable air-tight/water-tight seal is activated around the eyes. The silicone seal offers full protection from the environment (snow, wind, water, surf, sand, dust).
  • When worn in the sealed position, the glasses can be instantly released by pulling the lens piece forward, returning them to sunglasses mode - in order to ventilate the lenses, or just to generally increase the level of comfort. When you're ready, hit the button again and the seal is reactivated.
  • Military grade, impact resistant, anti-scratch, polycarbonate lens - improved durability and suitable for industrial use.
  • Full UVA/UVB protection.
  • Polarized lens to reduce glare (cuts out 98% of reflected light).
  • Additional lens features such as hydrophobic coating (to reduce water spots on the outside), anti-fog coating (to reduce fogging on the inside) and photochromic lens are all being explored and may be available depending on the extent of our Kickstarter success.

Markets and applications

While the military has continued to show a keen interest in the development of the product, the innovation has also started to gain traction with athletes and sporting communities (in particular water, snow and extreme sports). These communities are enthusiastic about the product's versatility and rapid transition properties, and how these may improve performance.

Triathlete Anthea Stacey represents Australia in triathlons, and is the current 70.3 Busselton champion (18-24 age group). "I tried the Sealz prototype out today and I absolutely love the idea. One of the main problems we do have in triathlon, in transition from swim to bike, is trying to coordinate getting the helmet on and the sunglasses on at the same time. You lose valuable time, you lose about three to four seconds, which in sprint distance triathlon can make or break your race if you don't get on the wheels of the other guys."
 

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Drew Stevenson, hailed by many as the 'Godfather' of European snowboarding, has come on board the Sealz team as an advisor, in particular with respect to the snowboarding market. Drew has been a huge force in the development of the sport, having launched and run the TTR World Snowboard Tour and Method Mag, and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award in 2008.

Other sports showing interest include skydiving, base jumping, mountain biking, SUP, surfing, swimming, canoeing, sailing - and many more.

In addition to the sports segment, there are numerous other applications for Sealz glasses we are currently exploring, including with emergency services and in the health and safety space of the energy, chemical and construction industries.

Giving back: Soldier On

In acknowledgement of the military origins of the project, Sealz is donating 1% of its profits, and 1% of all funds raised on Kickstarter, to a charity called Soldier On. The registered Australian charity supports returning soldiers who are physically or psychologically wounded, working to enhance their recovery and rehabilitate them into the community. 


 

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Coming to life: early drawings...

Risks and challenges

As with all projects involving first time manufacture of a new product, the key risks for Sealz relate to the manufacturing process. Specifically, the ability of the manufacturer to deliver what they say they can, and within the timeframe they say they will.

We will be working with a manufacturer in China, but in order to mitigate the above risks we will also employ an experienced intermediary with local representatives to ensure we have proper on site communication and supervision of the production process.

Another common risk with this type of project relates to whether our manufacturer can successfully replicate our prototype using injection molding. However we have held comprehensive discussions with designers and manufacturers and are confident this will not be a problem with Sealz.

Check out our BIO page to see the full breadth of skills and experience within our team of advisors - which will also go a long way in mitigating the above risks.

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    You get one of only 50 available LIMITED EDITION Sealz convertible glasses, these are individually numbered and come in a unique presentation box, signed by the inventor, and with a hand written personal thankyou note.

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    Lifetime supporter: your name will be proudly displayed on our website + you will get naming rights on a future model of Sealz glasses + you will receive one of every new model we produce for the rest of your life! Free shipping anywhere in the world.

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    We've twisted our inventor's arm and he's agreed to give up one of his few, hand-made prototypes. These are one-offs, each one is unique and has its own history which we will share with you + your name will be proudly displayed on our website + you will receive one of every new model we produce for the rest of your life! Free shipping anywhere in the world.

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