Do you know where your reading glasses are right now? Lots of us have that problem too. Bicyclists, for example, frequently wear only sunglasses when riding their bikes, but when they have to read the bike computer or a text message on their phone they realize they’ve left their reading glasses behind! That’s actually how ThinOptics got it’s start. Teddy Shalon and a friend stopped for a quick break and his friend handed him his iPhone and asked him to read a text message from his son. “Is there something wrong with your son? “. “No, I just don’t have my reading glasses on me and I can’t read the message.” That’s when Teddy realized smart phones are useless for people without their reading glasses. On that ride the idea of ThinOptics was born – glasses that are always with you, right there on your phone.
The team at ThinOptics wanted a design that was easy to carry on the back of a phone so the reading glasses would be handy when they needed them yet easy to tuck away without adding a lot of bulk. The first thing to go were the stems of the glasses. You know, the part that goes over your ears? Too bulky! So they looked for a design that sits comfortable on your face and yet can be tucked away when you don’t need them.
Over 200 prototypes were developed, culminating in light, flexible yet durable reading glasses that tuck easily into a tiny pocket on the back of a smart phone or a flat case that easily drops into a pocket. Just the answer that active sports folk need!