It may just look like another pair of sunglasses. But look closely. The lens transforms almost instantly, lightening the very moment we walk indoor and turning darker when the sun shines brighter.
Transition Glasses - 40 seconds vs Shutoo Sunglasses - 1 second!!
The trouble of putting on and off our sunglasses sometimes stops us from wearing sunglasses entirely. It is especially annoying when our hands are busy and we can barely see as we walk into a darker space.
But why do we have to wear sunglasses?
Cataracts affect the transparency of the lens of our eyes, causing a broad range of visual loss. Cataracts cause half of all cases of blindness and 33% of visual impairment worldwide. Damages made to our vision are permanent!
Electrochromic materials have been used in the automobile industry on automatically tinted rear-view mirrors in various lighting conditions. This technology is also used on electrochromic windows in high speed trains like ICE 3 and inside the aircraft of Boeing 787 Dreamliner, to blind unwanted light and sights from the passengers.
Shutoo Sunglasses uses electrochromic lenses on its sunglasses, bringing this technology to the consumer goods level.
Electrochromic lenses lighten and darken almost instantly. This makes a big difference when you really have the urge to see!
You’ll never need to take off your sunglasses as you drive into a tunnel or put it on again as you drive out of a tunnel.
Our car windshields are designed to block UV lights. As a result, when the drivers are behind the wheels, photochromic lenses cannot detect the brightness and function properly.
The advantage of being activated by ambient light is that lenses are tinted or brightened up in response to the actual lighting environment.
Reflected lights from water and buildings cause glare. Shutoo Gavazzi uses polarized lenses which contain special filters that block reflected lights and harmful effects from UV lights.
We grabbed strangers off the street in Los Angeles and asked them to try Shutoo Sunglasses. Check out their reactions!
Risks and challenges
Every project involves some risks but we try to minimize them by bringing this project to Kickstarter when we are near our final stage. The design of Shutoo Sunglasses has already been finalized and working prototypes are produced. We have tested them over and over for function and comfort.
Our biggest challenge now is to have your support to fund our project for mass production. We have experience creating sunglasses before Kickstarter and have formed close relationship with our manufacturer.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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