After a successful introduction in China, the first tooz Smart Glasses for software developers are now available in Germany. Since its foundation in 2018, the joint venture tooz technologies has worked on the further enhancement of its optical system and the integration into a mobile smart glasses solution for consumers.
The international tooz team made the initial joint venture vision a reality: all day glasses with prescription option for consumers, connected seamlessly to a mobile device and enabling innovative use cases in a new ecosystem. Now, tooz can present the next generation of connected glasses: Based on an innovative optical platform, the company is able to offer cost-effective, seamlessly integrated and turnkey smart glass solutions.
In May 2021, the start-up launched its first pair of smart glasses for developers, the tooz DevKit in Germany – after a successful launch in China in 2020. By providing a collection of software tools, the developer community is given the opportunity to explore the potential of this next generation eyewear for day-to-day use and to create new and innovative apps.
“The tooz team worked very hard during the development phase last year. Due to the full support of both shareholders, we were able to overcome challenges and restrictions caused by the global situation. Today, we are proud to provide the next generation of our technologies to the community, with a clear hint that there is more to come soon.”, says Dr. Kai Ströder, CEO at tooz.
Companies and institutions like TomTom, adidas Runtastic, Else Kröner Fresenius Center for Digital Health Dresdenand many more are already exploring the tooz smart glasses in conjunction with their existing products, services and digital solutions. The aim of these collaborations is the development of a new and holistic digital ecosystem and the collection of valuable feedback for the final phase of the tooz product development process. tooz has the clear target to launch a serial product beginning of 2022.
Connected via Bluetooth to a mobile device, tooz smart glasses provide virtual content discreetly and only noticeable in the wearer’s field of view. The centerpiece of the solution is the injection-molded optical engine with its several high precision free-form surfaces. On basis of this innovation, tooz provides the only curved waveguide lens to the market which allows the integration of correction including individual prescription.
Also, UV/sun protection and photochromic options can be integrated, keeping all intended functionalities of current everyday glasses without compromises. The very light, robust and slim waveguide lenses can be cut and edged in different shapes of frame designs to meet individual style and design preferences of end consumers. In the future, opticians will therefore not only offer glasses with prescription, filters, and coatings, but also the option to upgrade them unobtrusively with smart augmentation provided by tooz.