Final week, POC released some highlights of their new 2020 gear that will be on show at Eurobike later this month. Amongst them, the new Aspire Solar Switch sunglasses function an electrochromic LCD lens that instantaneously and automatically modifications tint based on the intensity of ambient light. POC claims that these sunglasses can drastically strengthen vision, along with security and functionality in altering climate, light situations or environments, such as descending by means of mountain tunnels.
The new Aspire’s Solar Switch lens delivers a darker tint in sunnier situations and instantaneously becomes lighter in shadow or cloud situations. The Solar Switch modifications tints (amongst levels three-four) instantaneously and automatically making sure you never ever will need to eliminate your hands from the bike or take your glasses off at speed.
Usually to transform tint, sunglasses function photochromic lenses. Photochromic lenses function with molecules that darken when activated by the sun’s UV rays. This variety of lens ordinarily modifications tints at a slower price than an electrochromic design and style, generating them significantly less than perfect for conditions exactly where a swift transform is vital (like heading into a tunnel). By comparison, electrochromic lenses rely on organic supplies captured amongst two sheets of glass that modifications transparency in response to a smaller electric current–the electric nature tends to make it additional instantaneous.
Other electrochromic sunglasses and goggles, like Spy’s A single lens, rely on a rechargeable battery and energy switch to set off the electric existing required to transform tint. Uniquely, the Aspire Solar Switch has been created to be powered only by the sun’s solar energy, needing no battery or charging so it will usually be there, sustainable, and dependable.
I appear forward to seeing these in particular person more than in Friedrichshafen in a handful of weeks time.