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New eyewear tells you when to take a break

by Minoru Matsutani

Staff writer

Driving when drowsy is dangerous and staring at a computer monitor for extended periods can cause eyestrain.

Wouldn’t it be great if your glasses told you when to take a break or warned you when your eyelids were getting heavy?

Jins Meme actually will do that. Tokyo-based Jin Co. calls the new glasses “the world’s first eyewear to let you see yourself.”

Jin will initially launch Jins Meme in Japan next spring and possibly overseas after that, spokeswoman Shiho Ikekawa said.

The price has yet to be decided but will probably be higher than ¥9,900, the current highest price of Jin’s eyewear models.

To gauge fatigue, users install a free smartphone app that notifies them when they need to rest their eyes, Ikekawa said.

The glasses feature a technology called 3point Electro Oculogy Sensor that monitors the sight line and number of eye blinks. While similar technology has been in use in other fields, Jins is reportedly the first company to adopt the technology for eyewear.

Jin is also making it possible for third-party developers to create apps that make use of the eyewear’s monitoring tech, which will also measure the user’s steps and burned calories.