Soulmate Adjustable Brightness Sunglasses by Jolly Yan Yee Kee

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Soulmate

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Adjustable Brightness Sunglasses

INSPIRATION:
There are different darkness of lens. However, people can only choose one which suit them most. Is it really suitable to use in all situations? Then, Some questions keep looping in my mind: Is it possible to make an user-centered sunglasses? How to let the users change the darkness of lens?

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
2017 BRAND NEW SUNGLASSES. Inspired by Soul and Interacted with Light. With fully utilized the characteristics of Magnet and the Polarized lens, by twisting the Magnetic Clip-on to shift down the light transmittance of the lens, the World's First Adjustable Brightness Sunglasses has been coming up. No matter outdoor or indoor activities, it can handle well for you easily. Just like your Soulmate, the one who aligned with your soul and understand you well.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The user can twist the Magnetic Clip-on to shift down the light transmittance of the lens when they need. There are three levels of darkness. For example, user can shift down the light transmittance to the darkest when they go sun-bathing. And user can choose the color of the lens or pattern of the magnetic clip-on to match with their clothes.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in June 2016 and finished in September 2016 in Hong Kong, and was exhibited as finalist in The 18th Hong Kong Eyewear Design Competition in November 2016 and winner in The 3rd Shenzhen Fashion Eyewear Designer Award in December 2016.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The frame is made by acetate which is more durable. Double layer polarized lens is used so that it is able to change the light transmittance by twisting. The color of the lens is also able to change, users could even change the pattern of the magnetic clip-on. The magnetic clip-on is made by titanium and there are eight magnets on it. So that the users can twist smoothly. And there is a chamfer for the users to hold tightly. No matter the function or the appearance, the whole sunglasses is designed to be user-centered.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Lens Width: 50mm Bridge Size: 25mm Temple Length: 140mm

TAGS:
sunglasses, magnet, eyewear, symbolic product, product design, clip-on, twist-on, polarized lens, minimalist, Transition Photochromic Lens, optical

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
I have first interviewed people about their dissatisfied on existing sunglasses. Most of the interviewees like to use the Transition Photochromic Lenses because it can be darker when the sunlight is bright. However, the lens change the darkness automatically, so they cannot choose how dark it is. And only black and brown color is provided. Later on, I researched polarized lens. And I did a lot of experiment about the rotating angles of double lens to shift down the light transmittance.

CHALLENGE:
The mechanism part is most difficult for me. I only learn a little bit theory about polarizer in high school. I first use the physics theory to design the sunglasses. When I started the experiment, I found that it is so difficult to make both sides the same. If the rotating angles of both lenses is different, it will become a 3D glasses. So I spend many weeks to settle the problems. Besides, the weight of the magnetic clip-on is also a problem. Since it is made by titanium and there are eight magnets on it. So it may fall down when clipped. So I have to calculate the weight and try again and again.

ADDED DATE:
2017-02-26 14:55:18

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Jolly Yan Yee Kee, 2016.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Wing Keung Industrial International Limited

PROFILE:
Wing Keung Optical Manufacturing Ltd.is the optical division of Wing Keung Industrial International Ltd. Since over 10 years from the beginning, they pay uncompromising attention not only to exquisite workmanship and superior technology, but also to fashionable style and the use of new innovative materials. The basis of their design work is formed according to the demand and style of wearers in the european market, whereby most of their products are being exported. As a result, they boast their capabilities in making ideas take shape. Whether it is for contracted manufacturing or oem productions, they offer start-to-finish production of high-end optical frames in aluminum, titanium, stainless steel, monel, nickel silver and acetate. In 1996, Wing Keung Group optical division was founded by Mr Kong Chi Keung. They have other manufacturing division, such as home appliances division establish as early as 1978. Wing Keung adopts to the global environment and managed to stay competitive within the manufacturing industry. Their focuses are on 3 areas of innovations Design Innovation: Finalist of 18th hong kong optical design competition Technology Innovation: Ultra light eyewear, and fabricated acetate finishing Cost Innovation:Lean manufacturing concepts and automations After implementation of lean manufacturing concepts and automatic machineries, they are able to elevates production capacity while reducing the amount of workers from 3,000 to 2,000. They are proudly to be qualified for ISO12870, SA8000 and ISO9001:2008.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Soulmate Adjustable Brightness Sunglasses by Jolly Yan Yee Kee is a Nominee in Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Soulmate Adjustable Brightness Sunglasses by Jolly Yan Yee Kee is Winner in Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Category, 2016 - 2017.

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