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Prizm Goggle RnD

Prizm Goggle RnD

Historically we’ve developed lens tints… primarily contrasting one color to
another. We have a compromise there. As we’ve developed Prizm, one of the
primary drivers is a better understanding what we want to see in the environment and minimizing the compromises we make. The path started with gaining a
theoretical understanding how the eye works. There’s some unique features in the way
your brain and your eyes are working. Those unique features are what enable us
to play with tailoring light to increase contrast. In Prizm the practical followed the theory. The theory was developed, and then we found
the tools we needed to build what we had envisioned on paper. Prizm technology is something
we’ve been working on for… fifteen years. The new factors for us are better understanding the environment which we brought in the hyperspectral camera. They would go into these environments and
they would point it at these certain conditions and measure the entire
spectrum… and then they do it over and over and
over again and then bring it back to the lab and we’d analyze this data look at it and we
would find these patterns in these conditions, and we’re like okay we’re seeing
the same spectral peaks in these places and we know
that we can filter the spectral peaks specifically. It was just a step of creating the ingredients in order to copy what was on the
computer into a real lens, and that’s what started it. The other tools are the actual dyes, or absorbers we put into the lens. The big win for us was to be able to find the dye that had these really narrow absorption
peaks that were really similar to the
transmission piece we we’re seeing in nature and in these environments. The old dyes used to be this big bell curve and you would absorb everything underneath this bell curve, now we have these small
peaks that we can build in the environment and
everything in between there would still come to you and be let in… and now we had this
lens that worked over greater amount of environments. So when you can take a picture and
really understand how colors made in that image, then you can design a lens around those
real colors that you actually have data. Gaining that understanding of how it worked enabled us to tailor these lenses to every light environments that our
athletes are working in. Through that interaction with the
athlete and understanding what’s important for them to see, once we understand the environment we’ll
go in and we’ll turn the knob and we’ll accentuate their object of desire. We’ve done a bunch of color science and looking at the biology of the eye and found that there’s two specific colors where your eye is very sensitive to details. So there’s a very specific blue and a very specific orange So in Prizm Snow we’re going in and
adapting and boosting those colors and filtering the other colors out. When we first tried it with Lindsey Vonn, one of the feedback that we got was that She didn’t have to close her eyes when she goes
around the corner, which we didn’t understand at first. She was starting out in the trees in kind of a lower light condition, so when she came around a tree, suddenly you have
a bright sunny light in your eyes, So you kind of have to close your eyes and let your eyes adapt. With Prizm, there’s not that big of a change
in total light transmission, it’s still blocking most of that light, so your eyes don’t have to adjust
nearly as much. In the case of snow, think about good
light and bad light… Good light is what I would call the
colors that your eye is very sensitive to. Bad light is a color that maybe washes
out your color vision. We can let a huge amount of the good
light through, and we can take away almost all of the bad light. We’ve come to understand what those colors are and we can manage them very well now. [PRIZM LENS TECHNOLOGY] [OAKLEY]

5 thoughts on “Prizm Goggle RnD”

  1. I have just skied for the first time with the prism rose lens, and it actually is a game changer for me!  I have wonky eyes (including glaucoma) and flat/low light conditions for me are the worse.  I can't charge a line, cus I can't read the surface of the snow.  This lens actually changed that!  I was able to read the snow in conditions that I know I usually cannot (and I tested this with my old lens to confirm).  Great lens, great technology, thanks Oakley!

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