SKUGGA Sunglasses with variable electronic tint control launches on Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter today

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

TINT TECHNOLOGY

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.

DEVELOPMENT

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

 

 

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