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Sunglasses, like matching socks and self-management round sweets, appear to be a type of issues that go lacking with frequency. But dropping sun shades might quickly turn into an outdated prevalence because of embeddable iBeacon Bluetooth LE chips manufactured into eyewear frames, a know-how licensed beneath Apple’s MFi (Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad) program permitting customers to watch and map lacking sun shades.
Australian eyewear startup, Tzukuri, is staking out a distinct segment within the extremely aggressive eyewear market with Bluetooth Low Energy enabled sun shades able to actively notifying wearers once they’ve forgotten their shades anyplace they go.
An iOS app sends out push notifications at sixteen, 32, and 50 ft. distances any time sun shades are taken outdoors a delegated perimeter away from house or workspace (throughout these occasions, notifications are silenced).
In situations the place sun shades do go lacking, the app might help monitor their location utilizing a map displaying their final location, just like Find My iPhone (Tzukuri’s Allen Liao cites a variety of 25 meters/eighty two ft as soon as inside the neighborhood of the iBeacon chipped sun shades).
Those worrying about any intrusive designs can relaxation assured the know-how is virtually invisible, with iBeacon chips inside every Tzukuri sun shades so small, they are often powered by an built-in photo voltaic cell for fear-free use. A metal core wire run inside and alongside the arms to strengthen the body’s power whereas additionally doubling as an antenna for the beacon.
Tzukuri plans to launch with six designs, every acetate sun shades handmade in Japan and fitted with polarized, anti-scratch lenses with one hundred% UV safety. Models are impressed/named after six fashion icons: John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s Cold War cool, Tom Ford’s trend world stylish, Gregory Peck’s iconic Atticus Finch, John Lennon’s counterculture fashion, Grace Kelly’s basic sophistication, and Truman Capote’s signature mental presence.
Pre-order info can be introduced on the Tzukuri website quickly, with plans for supply late this yr, starting of 2015.