|[May 03, 2012]
emPower! from PixelOptics is Named a 2012 Gold Edison Award Winner
ROANOKE, Va. --(Business Wire)--
The Edison Awards, celebrating 25 years of honoring the best in
innovation and excellence in the development of new products and
services, announced today that emPower! eyewear from PixelOptics won a
Gold Edison Award for Quality of Life in the competition's Lifestyle and
Social Impact category.
"We're honored to receive this recognition and to be placed in the
company of organizations that have shaped American innovation," said
Brett Craig, President and Chief Executive Officer, PixelOptics. "Like
many great inventions, emPower! was designed to solve an unmet need -
provide better vision to millions of consumers who struggle with
progressive lenses. emPower! allows consumers to have a very positive
experience with their eyewear and provides a breakthrough electronic
platform to build exciting new innovations for years to come."
Being recognized with an Edison Award has become one of the highest
accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business.
The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose
inventions, new product development methods and innovative achievements
literally changed the world, garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents, and made
him a household name around the world.
"As the pace of innovation quickens and the "race to next" becomes ever
more competitive, it's increasingly important to take a moment out of
our hectic lives to recognize excellence in innovation and greatness in
the teams of innovators who make our future. We are honored to present
PixelOptics with an Edison Award as one of the leading innovators of
today and tomorrow," says Thomas Stat, 2012 Edison Awards Steering
The world's first electronic corrective eyewear, emPower! has a
near-focus reading zone constructed of an LCD-like material that allows
the user to turn the lens magnification on and off at will. Activated
manually by touching the frame or automatically with a tilt of the head,
emPower! represents a quantum leap forward in vision technology.
Targeted to the millions of consumers wearing progressive lenses,
emPower! eliminates distortion common with no-line bifocals and gives
the user unprecedented control over their vision experience.
The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards™ was judged by a panel of
more than 3,000 leading business executives including past award
winners, members of the Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG),
academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design,
engineering, science and medical.
This year, in a comprehensive, peer-review process, the nominees were
judged on a new set of evalation criteria developed in partnership with
Nielsen. The new criteria establishes a new definition of innovation,
leveraging the primary assessment themes of Concept, Value, Delivery and
Danny Forster of SCIENCE's "Build It Bigger" emceed the April 26
ceremony at the historic Capitale ballroom in New York. One of the
evening's many highlights was the presentation of the prestigious Edison
Achievement Award to TED Curator, Chris Anderson. The award honors
innovation leaders and business executives who have made a significant
and lasting contribution to innovation throughout their careers. The
Edison Achievement Award serves as inspiration to future innovators and
to the world at large.
In addition to the Awards Gala, the annual Edison Awards program
encompassed multiple events over a two-day period including a 25th
Anniversary Opening Reception, Meet the Innovators Forum <http://www.edisonawards.com/MeetTheInnovators.php>
and the Innovators' Showcase, which offered guests a hands-on experience
with many of the winning products.
About the Edison Awards
The Edison Awards represent the spirit of innovation personified by
Thomas Edison, inspiring America's drive to remain in the forefront of
creativity and ingenuity in the global economy. Sponsors of the 2012
Edison Awards include: Nielsen, USA TODAY, Discovery Communications,
SCIENCE, CSRware (News - Alert), applepeak and ViridiSTOR. For more information about
the Edison Awards and a full list of winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.
emPower! represents a significant technological advancement in
prescription eyewear. The world's first electronic corrective eyewear,
emPower! features the most advanced consumer electronics innovations
available today, including composite lenses with a thin transparent
LCD-like liquid crystal layer, microchips, micro-accelerometers and
miniature rechargeable batteries. emPower! eyeglasses look like regular,
high-fashion glasses. The microchip, micro-accelerometer, and miniature
batteries are hidden inside the temples of the eyeglass frames. The
transparent liquid crystal layer in each lens is able to electronically
provide near focus lens when needed with no moving parts and without
making a sound. emPower! Provides clear vision at all distances; far,
near and in between. Wearers can operate the eyewear in three different
modes: manual on, automatic and manual off. For additional information
on emPower! electronic focusing eyeglasses please visit www.emPowerEyeWear.com.
Headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia, PixelOptics is committed to
"transformational innovation" in the spectacle lens industry. The
company's focus is on improving and elevating the current standard of
vision correction by inventing, developing and marketing a wide range of
innovative new products based on dynamic focusing lenses, innovative
lens design technologies, and composite optics. PixelOptics is dedicated
to helping consumers see better and more comfortably, while at the same
time helping the vision care industry to grow. For additional
information on Pixel please visit www.pixeloptics.com,
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PixelOptics' major investors include: The Carlyle Group, Delphi
Ventures, Longitude Capital, Panasonic (News - Alert) Ventures, Safeguard Scientifics,
and Stark Investments.
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