PogoTec today announced strategic partnerships with leading designers and marketers of prescription and non-prescription eyewear to manufacture and distribute compatible frames for PogoCam™, the world’s smallest wearable camera attachable to eyewear.
PogoCam will be showcased for the first time at the January 5th ShowStoppers media event during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Joining PogoTec at booth D-14-16 will be representatives from FGX International, ClearVision Optical, Argus Vision and Vista Eyewear.
On display will be more than 25 frame styles with PogoTrack™, a proprietary universal platform for a wide range of future electronic wearable devices over and beyond the PogoCam camera. Additional future potential compatible wearables could be, by example only, an alertness monitor to prevent drivers from falling asleep and a UV meter to prevent sunburn by alerting users when exposed to damaging rays. The display will include:
12 styles of Foster Grant sunglasses by FGX International (six styles in two colors each);
12 styles of Ocean Pacific eyewear from ClearVision Optical in both prescription optical and sunglass categories;
A complete line of Argus Vision sunglasses in a rugged and lightweight wrap design; and
Designs from Vista Eyewear, an award-winning Italian designer and manufacturer known for handmade frames that combine forward-looking fashion, technology and innovative materials.
“PogoCam is truly a wearable camera for everyone,” said Ron Blum, Founder, President and CEO of PogoTec. “Our user-friendly PogoCam interface, combined with our frame partners’ innovative frame styles with many more to come in the future, makes PogoCam accessible and appealing to any lifestyle. We are experiencing a turning point that will make hand-held photography cumbersome and obsolete. PogoCam removes the user from the confines of a viewfinder, allowing people to enjoy and pay attention to the event while capturing it. The user can easily share their images or video with friends and family.”
PogoCam utilizes a proprietary new electronic architecture that allows the highest level of miniaturization with lower power requirements than competitive cameras for the same level of high image resolution, memory capacity and performance. Multiple patent applications have been filed. PogoCam was designed for the mass market at large – those who require prescription eyeglasses and those who do not require prescription eyeglasses. PogoCam’s extremely small size allows it to be worn without distracting from the fashion look of eyewear.
Weighing less than two dimes and measuring only 10.9 x 12.5 x 42.8 millimeters, PogoCam attaches magnetically to eyewear having a proprietary track called PogoTrack. PogoCam allows a user to capture images and video with audio taken by a typical user during the course of a day. PogoCam allows people to “look and shoot” up to 100 photographs or two minutes of continuous HD video with audio (or 12 ten second clips). When in use, the camera displays a visible courtesy light that blinks allowing those being photographed to know. When not in use or if in an environment where photography is discouraged, it can be slid back on the track or easily removed. PogoCam’s accompanying patent pending mobile app provides auto centering, auto alignment and image rotation – eliminating the need for a camera viewfinder by automating certain post processing adjustments normally required for manual cameras. The image quality is comparable to that of one’s smartphone.
“This is the first practical, high-quality wearable camera for the mass market capable of being worn socially that allows people to experience the moment and at the same time take photos or video with audio,” added Blum. “This is all accomplished while wearing eyewear in the fashion style of their choosing. Just “look and shoot”, the camera and app do the rest of the work for you. Further, our proprietary architecture ensures that PogoCam will remain the smallest wearable camera when comparing image quality, memory, power requirements and performance.”
“Eyeglasses are arguably the world’s oldest, most successful wearable technology,” added Richard Clompus, OD, FAAO, who is VP of Communication and Consumer Interaction for PogoTec. “PogoCam upgrades this wearable platform with the ability to capture visual memories without the intrusion of holding a camera or looking through a view screen. This is the beginning of the ‘post-smartphone’ camera era. We look forward to introducing additional capabilities and enhancing the value of PogoTrack as a platform for wearable technology.”
In addition to the current offering, PogoTec is exploring options to adapt PogoCam for use in such industries as construction, public safety, industrial, security and medical applications.
Sources: PogoTec.com via BusinessWire