EssilorLuxottica brings smart eyewear tech to CES

The Group has been showcasing a prototype for Nuance Audio, glasses with inbuilt hearing technology, along with its Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses, at the Consumer Electronics Show

A woman looks at the camera with a smile, wearing dark colours, gold jewellery and with streaks of silver in her long hair that flows over one shoulder. She wears matte black glasses frames, a representation of Nuance Audio

EssilorLuxottica has exhibited its smart eyewear and hearing aided solutions at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, 9–12 January.

The Group’s first showcase at CES includes a prototype for Nuance Audio, a pair of glasses with inbuilt hearing technology.

The product is designed for individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss, to reduce the potential psychological barrier “that has stood in the way of adoption of traditional hearing aids,” the company said.

The Group described hearing solutions as an “underpenetrated market” where individuals can be averse to wearing traditional corrective devices.

Francesco Milleri, chairman and CEO at EssilorLuxottica, commented that Nuance Audio “has the potential to improve quality of life for over a billion people.”

Nuance Audio is expected to launch in the second half of the year, starting with the North American market.

EssilorLuxottica has also showcased its Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses with inbuilt cameras, open-ear audio, artificial intelligence-powered solutions and the ability to take calls hands-free and livestream.

The company’s booth will also feature its new Helix division with Vision(X), an interconnected platform designed to “help modernise” practices with a range of digital solutions including teleoptometry and big data services.