- New leaner frame and temples on original design
- Further developed the software controlling the adjustable tint
- The LCD-filters are now bent in a base curve 6
- The tint now fades totally step less
- The smartphone application is up and running
Our 3D printer has gone warm all week printing all the new prototypes. Furthermore, we have welded a few hundred cables, assembled SKUGGAusing a magnifying glass, glued sun films, bent plastic lenses, spray painted hundreds of details – and finally we also managed to get our smartphone application to work perfectly!
Check out our new Prototype-video HERE!
Below you can see the new lean design of the original SKUGGA frame.
During the spring and summer we have made a number of improvements to the technology. The LCD-filters are changed to the very latest liquid crystal technology on the market today, which results in a smoother stepless tint. We will not be satisfied until we have the best product on the market. What remains to be further developed is the smartphone application to manually control the glasses through Bluetooth and the UV-meter.
But don’t worry – everything is fully working, and we are almost all set! Next week, 25th- 27th of August 2016 we will launch our new prototypes at the Stockholm’s yearly Optician Fair. Friday, we will hold a workshop with the following topics: ”Can smart glasses be stylish?” and ”What is the potential of the new technology?”.
We will update our Facebook page during the three days. Follow us on Skuggaeyewear.
I’m writing this post because we are very sorry to announce that we are cancelling the campaign today. It has been a very hard decision to make and the reasons we decided to cancel are many. This is our first KS campaign and we have learned a lot on this journey and how we can make things better.
This whole project started with an idea about a cool gadget. However, while developing this product we realized how comfortable it is with controlled tint. This is really a game changer; we will never go back to static shades again. We have worked so hard on developing this product and creating this campaign that we forgot to put our heart in communicating our story and vision. We have also missed how difficult it is to reach out in the big black hole of media buzz. But most of all, we have received tons of very useful feedback from you, our fans on how we can develop this product in to something much better. We are a small self-funded company with an excellent team and brilliant people behind it. When we started to execute this project, it was only a side project. But it has now grown and we believe the time is here for this kind of technology and that we are approaching our vision; to make wearables that people really want to wear!
We are now cancelling this project to make necessary changes and to find capital to re-launch with a more refined product during February 2016. If you have suggestions of investors, we would be very eager to hear.
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We won’t stop until people really love wearing and using our SKUGGA Sunglasses, the new era of shades is here to stay!
Best regards from
Mikael Ericsson and the whole SKUGGA team!
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SKUGGA are sunglasses with dynamic tinting control. The tint in SKUGGA is either controlled automatically depending on the surrounding light, or manually through an App in your Smartphone. Today, SKUGGA starts their 30-day campaign on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, letting early backers pre-order their product to help push SKUGGA in to mass production.
Although SKUGGA is a high-tech product on the inside, the slim high class design will surprise you. Award-winning product designer Mikael Ericsson and the SKUGGA team have created a unisex design with high quality details and materials. Top fashion designer Naim Josefi has been advising the team during the process.
- Automatically adjusts the tint according to your current environment
• Manually adjustable tint by using the SKUGGA-app
• No buttons or ports – SKUGGA charges through induction
• Sensor to log your daily UV-light exposure
• Frames adapted for the possibility of integrating prescription lenses
• Protects 100 % from UVA and UVB, even when at the lightest tint
The tint functionality in SKUGGA Eyewear is made possible with sophisticated liquid crystal (LC) technology from the Swedish company LC-Tec. Their electrically controlled switchable filters are highly suitable for use as tint technology. A low voltage applied to the filter defines the amount of light that is passed through it, and the amount of tint can be changed from one level to another within a few milliseconds.
LC-Tec is today one of the leading suppliers of 3D projection technology for the world-wide cinema industry with over 2 000 installations of the patented and Disney-approved PolarSpeed®/DepthQ® polarization modulator. LC-Tec is a publicly traded company, listed on the NGM Nordic MTF stock exchange market.
“We are always looking for novel applications in which our technology can add value, and the SKUGGA Eyewear project enables us to enter a new exciting field. We look forward to a close collaboration with the talented people at SKUGGA.”
– Dr. Jesper Osterman, Managing Director at LC-Tec
SKUGGA is controlled by the new CC2640 from Texas Instruments, a wireless microcontroller targeting Bluetooth Smart applications. The CC2640 contains a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 processor for the SKUGGA control and the Bluetooth Low Energy controller is embedded into ROM and run partly on an ARM Cortex®-M0 processor.
Behind the project is the experienced team of Top Notch Design & Engineering, a Swedish company with focus on advanced product development.
In order to develop this complex product, the SKUGGA-team has used SOLIDWORKS Premium 3D-CAD suit. SOLIDWORKS is used both for the mechanical and the aesthetic design, enabling a fast and reliable development process.
During the development of SKUGGA numerous prototypes has been produced. Frames, temples and details for both technical and aesthetical prototypes have all been printed in an Objet24 PolyJet 3D-printer from Stratasys
“By printing the SKUGGA-prototypes in our Objet24 PolyJet from Stratsys, we can achieve prints with photo finish quality and outstanding tolerances and details, making the prototypes really close to the final product”
– Daniel Ericsson, The SKUGGA-Team
LC-Tec Displays AB och Top Notch Design & Engineering inleder samarbete kring dimbara solglasögon. Top Notch Design har under en tid arbetat med design och utveckling av dimbara solglasögon under varumärket SKUGGA (www.skuggaeyewear.com). LC-Tec har tidigare arbetat med olika glasögonapplikationer och bolagets switchbara filter bedöms vara lämpade för användning i solglasögon. Bolagen inleder därför ett samarbete syftande till att kundanpassa LC-Tecs teknik för Top Notchs solglasögon. Parallellt med detta arbete kommer Top Notch genom s.k. ”crowdfunding” att söka finansiering för första volymproduktion av kompletta dimbara solglasögon.
LC-Tec-koncernen är specialiserad på optiska komponenter baserade på flytande kristall (eng. liquid crystal ”LC”) teknik. Bolaget har mer än 20 års erfarenhet av utveckling och tillverkning av olika LC-baserade produkter, inkluderande optiska slutare, polarisationsmodulatorer, switchbara filter och informationsdisplayer. I bolagets lokaler i Borlänge finns tillgång till avancerade elektrooptiska laboratorier och en modern produktionsanläggning. Moderbolaget LC-Tec Holding AB är noterat på NGM Nordic MTF. Mer information om LC-Tec finns på www.lc-tec.se.
Om Top Notch Design& Engineering
Top Notch Design & Engineering är ett design- och konstruktionsföretag hemmahörande på Södermalm, Stockholm. Top Notch erbjuder företag kvalitativa design- och konstruktionslösningar inom produktframtagning och är specialiserade inom plastkonstruktion, mekatronik, kapsling av elektronik samt projektledning inom produktframtagningsprocessen. Sedan 2005 har Top Notch bistått industrin med utveckling av framgångrika och innovativa produkter, och har under senare år även släppt produkter under eget varumärke; SKARG. Mer information på topnotchdesign.se & skarg.se.
För ytterligare upplysningar kontakta:
LC-Tec Displays AB
Tel: 0243-79 40 70
Top Notch Design & Engineering
Tel: 08-535 255 00