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Journal Review [11/02/18, via Journal Review]
Indiana high court rules manufacturers not liable when products are misused The court found that while the manufacturer might assume that a grinder user would not put on proper eyewear, or fail to attach a safety guard with an incompatible disc, "it was not reasonably expected for a user to disregard the safety instructions in [...]

Tribunal Mail (blog) [11/02/18, via Tribunal Mail (blog)]
Global Laser Protection Eyewear (LPEs) Market 2018 Survey Report: Top Manufacturers, Business Intelligence ... QY Market Insights's latest addition in its database titled Global Laser Protection Eyewear (LPEs) Market Insights, Forecast to 2025 presents a complete assessment of the market which has studied industry situations, market outlook, market Size, growth [...]

RBTE Report [10/29/18, via RBTE Report]
Premium Eyewear Market 2018 : Production, Revenue and Leading Manufacturer Analysis Premium Eyewear market is valued at USD XX million in 2018 and is expected to reach USD XX million by the end of 2022, growing at a CAGR of XX% between 2018 and 2025. A competitive landscape of following Premium Eyewear manufacturers: Luxottica  [...]

The Beacon Record [10/31/18, via The Beacon Record]
Global Safety Eyewear Market 2018 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2025 Safety Eyewear Market Report provides the detailed Study of the major Safety Eyewear industry leading players along with the company profiles and strategies adopted by them. A different section with Safety Eyewear industry key manufactures is included [...]

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Ballistic eyewear is a form of glasses or goggles that protect from small projectiles and fragments. Ballistic eyewear is commercially available for anyone who wishes to buy it. For the U.S. military, choices are listed on the Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL).). The history of protective eyewear goes back to 1880 and extends through to World War I and the present. There are three standards that are currently used to test the effectiveness of ballistic eyewear. These include a U.S. civilian standard (ANSI Z87.1 – 2010), a U.S. military standard (MIL-PRF-31013), and a European standard (EN166, 169, 170 & 172).
Safety glasses, sunglasses and goggles that claim to meet ballistic safety standards are widely available. Some can accommodate prescription lenses. One online store...

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[03/15/16, via vrfocus.com]
Vuzix Showcasing iWear Technology at GDC 2016 Attending the event is video eyewear and smart glasses manufacturer Vuzix, which has announced that it will be showcasing its iWear video headphones at the San Francisco event. Attendees to the company’s stand will be able be able to demo the iWear which ... [...]

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VR in the workplace In a project for a UK supermarket chain, PA Consulting developed a prototype based on Google’s Glass eyewear to help supermarkets and other stores check how stock is being presented. Big suppliers often have agreements that control how their goods are ... [...]

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E-Commerce/Third Party Logistics Firm Acquires 230 Liberty Street in Metuchen METUCHEN, NJ—Barry Feldheim has acquired 230 Liberty Street in Metuchen, NJ, a 41,500-square-foot industrial property, from NYS Collection, a sunglasses and eyewear manufacturer, for $4.4 million in a transaction brokered by Jordan Metz, vice president ... [...]

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Silhouette releases Neubau Eyewear brand To tap into the millennial patient demographic and broaden its product portfolio, Austrian eyewear manufacturer Silhouette has created the Neubau Eyewear brand. Made in Austria, like its rimless frames and sports products for Adidas, Neubau Eyewear ... [...]

Wine glasses are 600% bigger than they were 300 years ago as our thirst for vino continues

Wine consumption has increased significantly in the past two decades.GettyThree hundred years ago, a festive meal was probably accompanied by a lot less wine than we are used to today, if the size of old wine glasses is anything to go by.In a study published in the BMJ, researchers from the University of Cambridge found that in England, wine glasses have increased in size sevenfold from an average of 66 ml in 1700 to 449 ml in 2017."Wine glasses became a common receptacle from which wine was...

Apple Met with AR Glasses Component Suppliers at CES

Apple met with suppliers who produce components required for augmented reality glasses at CES this week, according to a new report.That tidbit of information was buried in a story published by Bloomberg on Friday. Reportedly, Apple representatives met with firms that manufacture the “nuts and bolts” required to make AR glasses a reality, but the publication gave no additional information about the meeting, what was discussed, or which companies Apple met with.Along with Apple, Bloomberg noted...

Apple, Facebook, Google Recently Met With Possible Suppliers For AR Glasses

Apple just dropped another clue that suggests the company could release augmented reality glasses in the near future. Apple recently met with suppliers that make nuts and bolts required to power AR glasses, according to a Bloomberg report.The meeting, which happened at CES 2018, comes after numerous rumors point to a possible launch of Apple AR glasses.Representatives from Facebook and Google, as well as Snap and Xiaomi, also met with the suppliers, sources told Bloomberg. The get together...