These über-funky solid metal glasses were designed to increase your ‘specs-appeal’

With an edgy, one-of-a-kind aesthetic and a machined metal body that Tesla Cybertruck enthusiasts will absolutely love.

The birth of the EXOvault Kingsland Frames are, coincidentally, quite similar to the birth of the Cybertruck. Just the way the Cybertruck was created because Elon Musk was tired of how boringly similar all trucks looked (and performed), Jonathan Schipper retired to his metal workshop to create the EXOvault Kingsland spectacle frames after being thoroughly disappointed with all the different (yet similar) frames on the market… and just like that, the EXOvault Kingsland Frames were birthed, to challenge the notion that spectacles should look a certain way, adhere to a certain personality, and be made with a certain material.

Designer: Jonathan Schipper of EXOvault

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Cut from solid 6061 aluminum.

Every one of EXOvault Kingsland’s frames come machined from solid billets of aluminum. Styled to look quite like wayfarers, but made out of shimmering metal, the EXOvault Kingsland frames have an incredibly bold personality and are often the first thing you’ll notice about a person. The frames come either in plain metal or with an anodized/plated finish, and are all designed to have a machined finish that looks great from afar because of its reflectivity, and up-close too, because of the microtexture created by the CNC machining. That texture acts almost like a blue tick that indicates how unique the EXOvault Kingsland frames are in their design and manufacturing, given that almost every other frame is either stamped out of metal and formed, or made using injection molding.

Machined from solid billet 6061 aluminum.

Making frames out of metal has its benefits and complexities, although Schipper’s spent a lot of time working out the kinks. The Kingsland frames use multiple parts with precisely engineered tolerances and assemblies, making them incredibly durable and long-lasting. You could accidentally sit on them and chances are your acetate frames would snap in two, but never the EXOvault Kingsland. Drop them, sit on them, bury them in the ground, the frames can tolerate any kind of abuse (although the glasses within might not).

Flexible temple and nose pads.

Given that metal is pretty famously inflexible, the EXOvault Kingsland frames come with bendable silicone temple-stems and comfortable silicon nose-pads (because you don’t want metal rubbing against the bridge of your nose (especially in the summers). I wonder whether wearing solid metal spectacles in the summers is a wise idea to begin with… although I imagine it feels about the same as wearing metal watches, earrings, necklaces, or piercings.

The EXOvault Kingsland frames come in 4 variants featuring a metallic silver (for those true-blue Cybertruck enthusiasts), an anodized black, and if you’re looking to really flaunt your spectacles, 24k gold plated frames, or rhodium-plated frames (the most expensive metal in the world, in case you were planning on asking Siri). The frames come with tinted grey lenses although they’re also designed to fit all kinds of prescription lenses too… and along with the lenses, the EXOvault Kingsland frames weigh a respectable 60 grams or 2.1 ounces, weighing marginally more than your acetate RayBan Wayfarers).

Silver anodized aluminum with grey lenses.

Black anodized aluminum with grey lenses.

24k gold-plated aluminum with grey lenses.

Rhodium-plated aluminum with grey lenses.

Ultimately, Schipper wanted to build frames that capture his personality, sense of style, and values. Referring to the EXOvault Kingsland as a “spaceship for your face”, Schipper believes that they’re quite unlike anything on the market… and he’s right. The glasses are wonderfully chunky, with the added bonus of being reflective, and exude an elevated level of hipster class that the monocle probably had when it was invented in the 1700s. Each EXOvault Kingsland frame comes in a classy black paper box with a metal screwdriver (so you can tighten/repair your frames), although you can upgrade to extremely steampunk mahogany cases too. The EXOvault Kingsland frames are up on Kickstarter for a discounted price ranging between $225 for the silver or black, and $360 for the gold or rhodium. Given the nature of CNC machining, and that each pair of spectacles will be painstakingly made from scratch using solid metal billets, the EXOvault Kingsland frames begin shipping in February 2022.

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These ergonomic AR glasses are designed with a minimal interface to seamlessly blend into your life

A pair of intelligent AR Warp smart glasses created with the mindful intent of simplifying the user’s life without any strings attached.

Apple’s ambitious AR glasses could hit us anytime soon, Facebook just released their smart wayfarer glasses and Xiaomi dropped a surprise bomb in the form of smart glasses that are making waves on the internet. Logical wisdom tells me, augmented reality and virtual reality glasses are the exciting future everyone is going to follow and excel at. Just like the smartphone tsunami revolutionized the tech space. AR glasses are not everyone’s ball game as far as design and function go – they are darn hard to create for the commercial market!

While we brace for the towering wave of AR glasses to change the complexion of our everyday world, it’s time for a concept that will bear fruit in the coming future.  The cool creation is ideated by Fountain Studio, a design studio excelling in stirring us every time they muster up a cool creation. The augmented reality glasses are ergonomically designed keeping in mind the wearer’s desire for comfort, freedom and a non-intrusive interface.

Unlike other AR smart glasses, the AR Warp is designed to be worn on the forehead when not in use. The adjustable legs can be rotated according to the need, giving them usability for all situations. The glasses, therefore, sit at a slight distance from the face, not touching the nose bridge. Of course, they need to be lightweight so that the user can use these glasses for a longer duration of time – and that’s what they actually are.

The mixed reality HUD interface can beam information based on the time of the day and the user’s schedule. For example, in the morning he glasses put up weather alerts, text messages, important reminders and all the little telemetry like the battery level. By the evening, when it is time for physical activity, they send reminders of workout schedules and the screen is partly filled with illustrations motivating the user to get off their ass. After that, the glasses could shift to the relaxing mode, playing soothing music to calm down the mind and body.

The AR function of the smart glasses is actuated by the on-board camera and the UX is aided by the speakers which combine the visual stimuli with the audio input. Just like any other gadget, these smart AR glasses have their own storage case that wirelessly charges them up. This is a well-thought concept that gives us a glimpse of the things to come with the exponentially rising popularity of AR glasses.

Designer: Fountain Studio

Automated Glasses Cleaning Machine: I Can See Clearly Now, the Smudge is Gone

Glasses: they’re always getting fingerprints and oily smudges on them, and, at least in my case, ice cream. You know the old adage: you eat with your eyes first? It’s actually harder than it sounds. Enter the LensHD cleaning system currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. It’s an automated optical and sunglass cleaning solution that wipes lenses with microfiber-covered sponges. Think of it like one of those massage chairs, but for cleaning glasses.

$89 will secure a LensHD system at early bird pricing, with units expected to ship in November. The system, powered by a USB type C cord, takes about a minute to clean glasses, wiping them in an off-center rotation pattern to simulate “the comprehensive cleaning of a human.” See? I always knew my cleaning was comprehensive! Somebody call my parents so they can be proud of me.

Alternatively, use the bottom of your shirt to wipe your glasses like I always have. It’s worked fine for years, plus I don’t have to worry that my glasses are dirty, but my automated cleaner is at home because I’m already wearing it! And if I’m not, well, my wife is sure to let me know before I ever get in the car to leave.

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Apple Glass AR designed to give homage to the retro glasses Steve Jobs wore!

Antonio De Rosa and Apple concepts are the perfect smoothies we love and the Italian designer has surprised me again. This time Antonio has gone for a piece of concept that has a lot of nostalgia as well as the historical value attached to it. Meet the Apple glass concept that pays homage to Steve Jobs favorite pair of prescription glasses – the Lunor Classic PP. Apple co-founder was obsessed with this eyewear ever since he got influenced by the ways of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi – who apparently shaped up Steve’s very thought process. After the turmoil of being fired by the board of Apple, he got the pair of circular wire-rim glasses to emulate his hero and ultimately returned stronger than ever as the CEO of Apple. Later on, Steve switched to the rimless brand Lunor Ideal i 380.

Combine that iconic piece of historical magnificence with the brewing rumors of the Apple AR eyeglasses, and it makes for a perfect case. Yes, this concept by Antonio makes even more sense since the world is expecting the augmented reality glasses by Apple to be announced as soon as this year. Having them in the Lunor Classic PP theme will be the apt strategy to go for if Apple is reading this piece. The AR glasses are in the second phase of testing since the start of this year and now this concept design weights its worth in gold. The rounded glass frame coincides with the rumor last year by trusted leakster Jon Prosser who claimed that Apple is working on Steve Jobs Heritage Edition AR eyeglasses.

These countered glasses look absolutely stylish for the generation next crowd- with the frame crafted from lightweight aluminum and the lenses made out of polycarbonate material. The technology of these wearables is honed by an array of six cameras with autofocus lenses, an eye-tracking system with HDR, and gesture recognition. The glasses even track your calorie intake and health status. Coming onto the cameras, two cameras are tucked in the nose-piece assemblies and the other two on the opposite side of each nose piece. Other cameras and sensors take a position in the crossbar connecting the two lenses. What I like the most besides the glasses is the AirPods style charging case for them!

Designer: Antonio De Rosa

If Apple ever designed prescription glasses, they’d probably look like these…

Sleek, bezel-less, and functional. No, I’m not talking about tech, I’m talking about Lance Air’s glasses. These slim, rimless beauties aren’t just your standard pair of prescription frames… they’re products of the digital age. Just the way Apple reinvented the phone, Lance Air is putting its spin on spectacles by making them incredibly slick extensions of your own body. Lance Air’s glasses are lightweight, durable, and are designed for a world surrounded by screens. The lenses fitted into the frames come prescription-ready and are coated with a blue-light filter and an anti-glare film to protect your eyes from overexposure to screens. The lenses are also made to be scratch-resistant, smudge-resistant, dust-repellent, and perhaps the most important feature yet, anti-fog… which means you could wear that face-mask without worrying about condensation fogging your vision.

The Lance Air reinvents spectacles, bringing them into the digital age. The addition of the word Air to the end of the name seems like a rather fun tech-inspired flair (sort of like the MacBook Air or the iPad Air), implying lightness. This lightness is brought about by the use of incredible materials that make the Lance Air spectacles razor-thin yet surprisingly resilient. Crafted from beta-titanium, Lance Air’s frames are designed to be flexible yet still have shape-memory, allowing them to bend and twist but never break. And the idea to make the Lance Air rimless is a clever one too! Referencing the consumer-tech world’s obsession with edge-to-edge displays, Lance Air brings that very same philosophy to its glasses and lenses! Lance Air’s ‘bezel-less’ glasses have the same kind of allure and appeal that edge-less infinity screens on smartphones and other smart devices have. They’re, for all intents and purposes, made to be sleek and futuristic, leaving the clunky acetate frames in the past and ushering in the age of ‘smart’ glasses designed for life around smart devices and screens. The Lance Air frames come in 6 different styles with 5 metal colors and infinite customization as far as the lenses themselves go. You can choose between single-vision, progressive, and plano lenses, and if you want them tinted, you’ve got an additional 6 colors to choose from. Lance gives you the option of using your phone’s AR feature to try the frames out before you choose a pair that suits your face, and when the frames eventually do reach you, they’ll come along with a complimentary protective carry-case in a sleek white box with an unboxing experience that should put most smartphones to shame!

Designer: Lance Team

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Lance Air – Your Everyday Smart Luxury Glasses

The Lance Air glasses are timeless, light designs, suitable for wearing every day, all day long without feeling any discomfort: no margins, no harmful blue light, no eye-strain.

Flexible – Smart Metal – Say goodbye to easily breakable, heavy, uncomfortable frames.

More Than Simple Glasses

All of the frames’ arms are made of flexible beta-titanium. Two of the designs, Monceau & Nouvel, are entirely made of beta-titanium, ensuring total flexibility, even for the bridge.

Different Uses of Lance Air Glasses

Using advanced optical software and industry-leading machinery, Lance can handle the most complicated corrections with an extraordinary level of accuracy and optical clarity, including digital free-form lenses.

Ultra Fade Lenses

This lens technology adapts to the condition of the light around you with 100% UV protection. Essentially this means you have 2 pairs of glasses in 1! If you add progressives then you have 4 glasses in 1 along with the blue light filter.

Super Sharp Lenses

Reduce the glare and see 10x times better than before. Lance Air Glasses will help you improve your sleep, reduce headaches due to the long screen hours and maximize your focus while boosting your life quality.

Correction Lenses

You’ll be able to fill in your prescription and choose your desired lenses, either Sharp or Fade. Their prescriptions cover values from 0 to +/-8 as well as progressive lenses.

Nanotechnology Coatings

The nanotechnology coatings are acting as a shield against blue light coming from your daily exposure to screens. The main source of HEV light in our lives is the harmful blue-violet light emitted by our digital screens. From TVs to tablets, computers to phones, we’re constantly exposing ourselves to the unnatural blue light. Having Sharp Lenses on your Lance Air Glasses will limit the amount of blue light that enters your eyes, making your screen time more pleasant.

Virtual Try Mirror

Check out Lance’s Instagram and try your favorite frames through their Virtual Try Mirror. You’ll definitely find the one that suits you best.



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Oakley finally designed a spectacle-friendly N95 mask that prevents your glasses from fogging up

It’s obviously in Oakley’s best interests to make face-masks that accommodate spectacles! Considering that more than 75% of the human adult population wears spectacles, and that fogged glasses can be such a deterring factor when it comes to masks, the opportunity to make a spectacles-friendly mask has been around for quite some time. As a pioneer in the eyewear (and sportswear) industry, Oakley was perfectly positioned to tackle this problem head-on, and I’m sort of surprised they didn’t launch this sooner! Meet the MSK3, a face-mask with replaceable N95 filters, and a dedicated eyewear channel along the nose that lets you comfortably wear spectacles without them fogging up.

The Oakley MSK3 is a clever solution to a largely ignored problem. The mask comes with a mesh front that looks stylish and basically gives you the feeling of breathability, while a high-performance, disposable filter sits behind it, giving you over 95% filtration efficiency of particles down to the size of 0.3 microns. Adjustable straps allow you to calibrate the mask to the size of your face, while the MSK3’s most innovative feature, the redesigned nose-bridge, ensures a perfect seal around the nasal area. The silicone nose-bridge also has a dedicated eyewear channel – a thin strip that lets you perfectly wear your specs over your mask, sealing the nasal area. This seal ensures that A. your spectacles don’t slip off while running or jogging, and B. exhaled air doesn’t leak from the area around your nose, fogging your glasses. The result is a mask that’s impeccably designed to solve the one MAJOR problem nobody thought of solving… and sure, you can look at the product from Oakley’s obvious profit angle, but then again, if it means a better, safer, and more comfortable mask-wearing experience for me and 75% of all adults, I guess that’s a pretty remarkable achievement too!

Designer: Oakley

These ergonomic glasses were designed specifically for Black People’s wider nose profiles

It’s weird to think that a design as basic and universal as spectacles or sunglasses can have a racial bias. The truth, however, is that like almost every product you see, spectacles often are designed for the default human, which is, in most cases, a caucasian male or female. Spectacle brand Reframd is correcting that racial bias by designing spectacles specifically for the facial profiles of Black people. The eyewear takes into account the placement and shape of the nose in relation to the eyes – features that distinctly set all races apart.

Most black people have much wider noses, causing spectacles to either pinch the nose-bridges or sit at a slightly higher level, resulting in distorted vision. “At some point, I realized the problem wasn’t with me or my face, but with the product itself,” says Ackeem Ngwenya, product designer and founder of Reframd. “It became clear that the product was not made for people like me, and that I could do something to change that.” The company was founded a mere 5 years ago, although Ngwenya says it’s rooted in years’ worth of “personal frustrations” and an “unwillingness to just accept the world as it is”.

Reframd’s range of spectacles feature a wider nose-bridge, and smaller lens-rings spaced further apart. Reframd works by using a parametric algorithm that runs in a 3D program. Put simply, customers use the front-facing camera on their smartphones to capture their “face landmarks”, reports DesignWeek “Essentially, it’s a pair of glasses that adapt in response to different inputs such as head width, bridge height, pantoscopic tilt, temple length, and more,” says Ngwenya. “These parameters drive frame creation for a particular person and that frame is then sent to our production partner and made for the customer.” This allows each frame to be custom-made for its wearer, ensuring a more personally-suited pair of spectacles that prioritize comfort and break the racial bias around the notion that a product can simply be made to ‘universally’ serve everyone, including people that weren’t considered during its design process.

Designer: Reframd

Tentacled Cocktail Glasses: Sipping Under the Sea

Looking for the perfect cocktail glasses to compliment your ocean-themed home bar? How about these octopus glasses from Cerahome? Each glass holds four ounces of your favorite cocktail (or poison if you’re hosting a murder mystery) and would look great in the hand of Ursula while she steals your voice in exchange for legs.

Available from Amazon for $25 a pair (affiliate link), the glasses have five points of contact on their bases, making them “very stable and not easy to knock down.” Is that a challenge? Because I once accidentally knocked over a full beer keg.

Obviously, these are going to be perfect for the Enchantment Under The Sea dance-themed party I’m going to throw. We’ll dance and sip cocktails from our tentacled glasses and quote Back To The Future all night dressed as our favorite characters from the movies! You know I started writing this as a joke, but the more I think about it, it might actually be the best idea I’ve ever had.

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