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Hi-Tech, Auto-Focus Eyeglasses Appearing in Stores This Spring

emPower glasses
While much of the tech world's attention to eyewear has focused on creating non-dorky 3-D glasses, Dr. Ronald Blum has been developing an astounding -- and potentially revolutionary -- set of hi-tech specs. Now, after more than a decade of research and advancement, Dr. Blum's PixelOptics firm appears set to release emPower, "the world's first electronic focusing eyewear."

These loaded, enhanced bifocals house microchips, accelerometers and rechargeable batteries. The emPower's lenses feature liquid crystal displays that enable effortless perspective shifts, merely by touching the side of the frame. According to the New York Times, that simple touch triggers an electronic current that "changes the orientation of molecules in the crystals," which appropriately alters how the lenses refract light. The embedded accelerometers can even automatically activate the lenses' "reading power" based on certain movements, such as looking down at a book.

The emPower's surprisingly stylish frame come in a variety of colors and styles, including wire, plastic, rimless and rimmed models. The glasses will hit the market on a limited basis this spring, and will apparently range in price from $1,000 to $1,200. Now PixelOptics just needs to embed GPS sensors for the folks who (ahem) could somehow manage to lose their specs even if they were surgically attached.

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