LCD Ski Goggles:
A review of the very latest technology in ski goggles and if you require a optical correction, you’re not left out. Mike Dixon of UK Sports Eyewear takes a look at the LCD Ski Goggle from the Germany company Uvex. At first glance you would be forgiven for thinking this is a normal pair of ski goggles. But Uvex have really excelled themselves this time. Over the past few years the company have come up with many different solutions on how to make a single ski goggle cope with changing light conditions. But every solution from ever ski goggle manufacturer has one major drawback, TIME. Photochromic lenses, goggles with interchangeable lenses, changing ski goggles, all takes TIME. We all know that up in the mountains at high altitude the weather can change from fog to bright sunlight in seconds. Then, how about a ski goggle that reacts to changing light, in the blink of an eye.
Introducing the innovative LCD Ski Goggles from Uvex the Snowstrike Variotronic. How it all works, the goggle has an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) lens much the same as a TV set. A small electronic pulse is used to energise the liquid crystals into providing 4 modes of colours and light absorption. The reaction time is one tenth of a second, just about the same time it takes you to blink between. The range of colours are clear, blue, red and violet. The display is powered by a tiny battery that is charged through a USB port. On a full the battery should last 50 hours between charges. For those that require a prescription lens an optical insert is mounted inside the goggle.