Update #3 - July 26
Now that we've talked about how the CVs are comfortable... let's talk style, let's talk fashion! Here's a short video of what we've been up to:
Update #2 - July 19
We received some great questions about the function of CVs. Check out our short video update:
Update #1 - July 12
We are excited to see the great interest and feedback from some fans. Here is a short video to keep you up to date:
Greetings Indiegogos! We are very pleased to début our first generation of glasses, renamed CVsTM. The unique design of CVs helps to solve the age old question “where did I put my glasses?”
When not in use, CVs collapse to the perfect size with very little effort. Unlike traditional glasses, CVs’ sides gently rest on the temple versus over the ear.
This design is TempleRestTM technology that is manufactured from a special memory polymer. The goal of the TempleRest is to promote comfort and provide the stability to keep CVs in place. Combine the TempleRests with a specially designed hinge in the bridge of the CVs and they fold into a practical size when not in use.
By connecting the CVs to a retractable reel, which can clip to your shirt pocket, collar, ID lanyard, or inside pocket of your jacket, the age old question and frustration becomes a thing of the past. The reel is attached by a simple snap and can be removed as needed. A “retract” button on the reel holds them close at hand when you are not wearing them.
If you don’t want to use the reel, we have a great custom designed carrying case that clips to your belt.
The initial release of CVs will include three very stylish frame styles in three colors and lenses ranging in strength from 1.0 to 2.5.
Our founder Robert Rochford, is a 28 year veteran of the United States Navy and designed CVs out of a need to resolve the frustration associated with making reading glasses more convenient. What we are presenting to you was born out of frustration and will revolutionize not only how you wear eyewear, but how you carry them with you.
Look at the glasses that Ben Franklin wore. Do they look familiar? He invented bifocals over 200 years ago and yet the basic design of glasses themselves is still the same! To solve this problem elegantly, I knew that we needed to reinvent glasses altogether.
Our company has completed the prototyping and now seeks support through crowdfunding. When we reach our 100% funding goal, we will deliberately march from prototyping to full rate production. The needed funds will support the high quality injection molds to produce the anticipated volume needed and manufacturing infrastructure to help us succeed right out of the gate. We decided to start with Reader CVs, but with great excitement plan to have Sun CVs that have no prescription and are for everybody out before Christmas.
Most people who use reading glasses reached a point in their lives, normally around the age of 40, where their ability to read newspapers, books, or a computer screen becomes hampered as their eyes can’t focus up close anymore. However, because reading glasses are not normally worn all of the time, there is a moment of frustration when you find yourself somewhere where your glasses are not.
CVI’s challenge was to combine the usefulness of glasses with the convenience of having them with you when you need them. The driving force behind their design was based on the aggravation of them not being handy. Most who wear reading glass try not to remember how many times they left the house without their glasses only to find that they can’t read the menu because the font is too small or at the supermarket struggling to read a label. Or how about just trying to read or send a text message from their cell phone.
The challenges that faced our engineers were to overcome two obstacles. First, how do you keep CVs with you without wearing them around your neck on a chain while still keep them close at hand? The second issue that needed to be addressed; the size of traditional glasses don’t collapse into a convenient space. The arms that stick over your ears and the face of glasses don’t fold. Not to mention that traditional glasses sitting on your ears hour after hour can be bothersome.
The most common solution today is folding eyeglasses. They have numerous folding mechanisms to open and close them, tend to be flimsy, are bulky enough that it’s difficult for you to keep them with you, and still sit on your ears.
Folding the glasses was indeed part of the solution, but we needed to challenge the basic paradigm of how glasses are designed and worn today. The result is the new glasses would need to effortlessly collapse and be “at the ready” when you didn’t need them; and they would be with you when you did need them. We have heard so many times, “I hate to have to walk across the room, up the stairs, out to the car, or borrow someone else’s glasses from the next table over just to read something!”
The size of CVs, when closed, was key to the overall design and in particular,
how the sides were designed. But size was not the only consideration. Stability of the CVs when worn is in large part due to the technical design and the dimensions of the TempleRest. The gentle spring action of its memory polymer provides just enough pressure to gently hold them in place. When you combine the stability of the TempleRest with the specially designed hinge in the bridge, the whole thing collapses with very little help.
KEEPING THEM HANDY!
The final element to solve the “convenience conundrum” is the retractable reel. The reel attaches to the side of the TempleRest by use of a simple snap, which can be removed as needed. On the back of the reel is a pressure clamp that slides onto just about anything you’re wearing. When the user pulls the CVs away from the reel, the nylon cord remains out until the “retract” button is pushed. When not needed the reel holds the CVs in place. If the wearer doesn’t want to use the reel, they can easily be stored in their custom designed carrying case that clips to your belt. Additionally, our engineers are in the process of redesigning the reel to offer additional attachment options and to improve the overall aesthetics. We expect this to be out sometime early next year.
WELL, THERE YOU HAVE IT!
We changed eyewear and created CVs™! These are stylish, comfortable, and really cool eyewear. The change from traditional over the ear glasses to CVs that rest on the temples is exciting, new, and innovative. Based on the level of interest already and the trending towards convenience in today’s gadget savvy world, CVs are a welcomed revolutionary change to the norm.
CVI’s engineering team is excited to already be designing Sun CVsTM that should début by Christmas and Prescription CVsTM should be available early
next year. We are excited to watch where this journey of CVs take us and strive to build a quality product that is Changing EyewearSM. You will never wonder where you left your glasses again with CVs clipped to your shirt!
THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN!
Now, we have started off with Reader CVs but are really excited to also be working hard on Sun CVs and these don’t have any prescription to them and are for everybody; and not far behind that will be Prescription CVs. To get there, we need your help. We’ve got some great pledge levels with great offers for you to look over. We hope you’ll find something you like. Your assistance will help us get through all of the production level preparations including the high quality injection molds needed to produce a high quality product and the manufacturing infrastructure to succeed. And oh by the way, these are made in the United States.
We absolutely love CVs and are passionate about changing the landscape for eyewear. I hope you’ll help us on this journey. We are already looking at the next generation of CVs and we are going to ask for your input to help guide us through this revolution of Changing Eyewear. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate. Thanks for your help and thanks for your consideration.
Q. What are the details of the $1650 pledge level? A. This pledge level promises to be a blast! There is no minimum number of pledgers for this level but there is a maximum of 75, so better hurry. We will have the kickoff celebration with as many pledgers that sign up. The flight must originate in the continental U.S. (48 States). International pledgers will be reimbursed a maximum of $400 for the flight. Transportation to the nearest major airport and parking are not included. Flight cost is for the pledger only. Transportation costs if you wish to bring a guest or your family are not included. Shuttle from Orlando airport to the hotel is covered for everyone. All flights will be estimated using Kayak.com plus 10%. A voucher will be sent to the pledger to pay for the flight. All reservations are the responsibility of the pledger. If you live a reasonable distance (~175 miles) from Orlando, you are expected to drive and we will provide a voucher for gas reimbursement (estimated). Hotel room will be booked based on single or double occupancy. Any additional costs associated with the hotel room are the responsibility of the pledger. The hotel room cost is for Saturday night (kickoff celebration) only. If the pledger wishes to arrive early and/or stay late, Disney has offered a special room rate for up to three days before Saturday and three days after Saturday including special discounts on park passes. Cost for the room before or after Saturday is the responsibility of the pledger. Kickoff celebration is for the pledger and one guest.
Q. What are the details of the $60 Sun CV pledge level? A. This is also a great pledge level that will help us choose the frame styles for our debut of Sun CVs. Sun CVs don’t have any prescription and are designed for everybody! BONUS: We will randomly select one pledger from this level to join us for the CV kickoff celebration and to meet the CV Team! We’ll fly you to Orlando and put you up in a luxury hotel at Disney. There must be a minimum of 40 of the 75 pledgers at the $1650 level. The selection for the pledger to join us in Orlando will be videotaped and available for viewing by link from our website and on YouTube. The same restrictions that apply for the $1650 pledge level also apply at this level for the one selected to join us in Orlando.
Q. Will they stay put on my face? A. Absolutely! TempleRest technology ensures a comfortable and stable fit. TempleRest is manufactured out of a special memory polymer that gently rests on your temple and provides the stability to keep the CVs in place. The benefit of the TempleRest™ design is the elimination of those long arms that sit on your ears and don’t conveniently collapse.
Q. Will they hurt my temples? A. No. Under normal circumstances, CVs with TempleRest technology will gently rest on the temples and are comfortable for all day wear.
Q. How does the reel attached to my clothing? A. The reel has a pressure clip (like one you would attach to a pocket) that will securely hold the CVs in place when not in use. The clip will also hold the reel securely while you are wearing the CVs. Our engineers are in the process of redesigning the reel to offer several options to secure the CVs. More to follow on that…
Q. Are the Sun CVs for everyone? A. Absolutely! Sun CVs do not have any prescription or lens magnification at all. Sun CVs are intended to provide a new and exciting look for eyewear wore outside. These will probably become the coolest thing out there.
Q. Are the lenses scratch proof? A. Yes! The lenses are made from a hard and durable plastic (polycarbonate) and should be able to withstand normal day to day use. Like any pair of conventional glasses, over time and if misused, the lenses can become damaged. If the lenses are damaged, we recommend replacing them immediately.
Q. Do the lenses provide UV protection? A. Yes! CVs lenses are provide protection from UVA and UVB. Although the protection is not the same as wearing sunglasses, CVI recommends wearing Sun CVs when outdoors (see how we did that).
Q. Do CVs come in any other frame designs or offer any additional lens options? A. Remember this is a revolution, we will need some additional time to take over the world. We are already working on adding exciting designs and colors as well as additional options on lenses. We hope to release CVs 2.0 during the fall of 2013 and early in 2014. Buying the current versions of CVs will help us cover the expense of expanding the CV line of products… more to follow.
Q. Is the founder, Bob Rochford, still on active duty? A. Yes. Bob is intimately involved with every aspect of business development and continues to serve the U.S. Navy as a Captain on active duty. The CVI staff keeps him informed of all day to day operations and we wait for him to join us full time when he retires soon from the Navy.
Q. Do CVs come with the carrying case? A. No. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer the carrying case as part of the Indiegogo pledge levels. You can visit our website at www.ChangingEyewear.com to order a carrying case for your CVs. Details are offered on the website. The carrying case is also very cool.
Q. What if I need reader lenses at a stronger strength than you are offering? A. Once you have signed up for a pledge level, send us an email and we will provide you additional information. Depending on the quantity for your particular strength, a small service charge may apply.
Q. Are CVs for everyone? A. CVs were designed to fit faces of all different shapes and sizes. The gentle spring motion from the TempleRests may help fit CVs to those with a more narrow face or those with a wider structure. CVs are not intended for children, although, we are planning on a line of CV products for younger folks.
Q. Are there other options for attaching the reel to my clothing? A. Not yet. It is a priority for us. Our engineers are in the process of redesigning the reel to offer additional attachment options and to improve the overall aesthetics. We expect this to be out sometime later this year.
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