New York – March 31, 2017 – PogoTec today announced the introduction of a small, lightweight, portable Smart Case device to accompany PogoCam, the world’s smallest and lightest camera attachable to eyewear. The Smart Case automatically recharges the PogoCam battery, backs up images and video captured on the device to an internal memory chip and transfers content wirelessly to the user’s smartphone via Bluetooth.
PogoCam was first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January of this year, where it was awarded First Place in the wearables category in the IHS Markit Innovation Awards. PogoTec will be joined at Booth 1821 by frame partners FGX International, ClearVision Optical, Argus Vision and Vista Eyewear.
In addition to the Smart Case, on display at Vision Expo East will be more than 25 frame styles with PogoTrack, a proprietary universal platform for a wide range of future electronic wearable devices over and beyond the PogoCam camera. The display will include:
- 12 styles of Foster Grant sunglasses by FGX International (six styles in two colors each);
- 12 styles of Ocean Pacific eyewear from ClearVision Optical in both prescription optical and sunglass categories;
- A collection of Argus Vision sunglasses in a rugged and lightweight wrap design; and
- Designs from Vista Eyewear, an award-winning Italian designer and manufacturer known for handmade frames that combine forward-looking fashion, technology and innovative materials. Vista frames will be available in the European market.
“For the consumer, PogoCam is all about redefining personal photography and allowing users to experience the moment while capturing a photo or video. For the Eye Care Professional and Optical Shop, PogoCam represents a compelling source of new profits,” said Ron Blum, founder and CEO for PogoTec. “Our Smart Case compliments PogoCam by extending both the range and capacity of the device while allowing for seamless sharing of images over social media channels.”
About the PogoCam Smart Case
PogoCam connects to the Smart Case using a standard USB-C connector and can hold 8,000 photos or up to 45 minutes of video. Measuring only 69mm x 40mm x 18mm, the device is designed to easily fit into a pocket to provide added protection and functionality to PogoCam. The Smart Case charges PogoCam in as short as 35 minutes and has the capacity to provide up to five recharges before being recharged itself. Once PogoCam is connected, all images and video are automatically transferred to an internal memory chip as well as any smartphones or devices connected via Bluetooth.
PogoCam is the smallest and lightest camera attachable to eyewear in the world. PogoCam was designed for the mass market and is easy to use. It comes equipped with a five-megapixel sensor providing quality photos or video comparable to a smartphone. The camera is resistant to water and perspiration. PogoCam is capable of capturing in excess of what a typical user would take per day. PogoCam can capture and store 100 still photographs or up to two minutes of continuous video having 720p HD video at 30 frames/second with full audio (six 30-second clips) before having to be downloaded and charged. The camera is activated by pressing a single button and images are uploaded to a mobile device. PogoCam’s camera function is focus free with auto- white balance making it easy for the user to capture high quality images and video. A Smart Case that easily fits in one’s pocket is included with each PogoCam. Simply insert PogoCam into the Smart Case and it can recharge PogoCam up to five times in as little as 35 minutes for each recharge cycle. The Smart Case also transmits your images and video wirelessly to your smartphone using Bluetooth while it backs up your memories to its internal memory chip. PogoCam is designed to attach magnetically to frames having PogoTrack technology or to PogoLoop (universal connector which is attachable to the vast majority of eyeglass frames). While attached to PogoTrack, PogoCam can be moved along the length of the track – allowing the user to bring it forward only when in use. The camera can be attached and removed easily with one hand without removing the frames, allowing it to be stored in a pocket or purse when not recording images.
PogoTec plans for PogoCam and PogoTrack to be available at thousands of consumer locations in 2017, including eye care offices, optical shops, big box and specialty stores in the U.S. PogoCam and well-known branded non-prescription sunglasses with PogoTrack will be bundled for sale on the PogoCam ecommerce site, www.PogoCam.com and www.Amazon.com. Prescription eyewear with PogoTrack will also be available in optical shops and eye care offices in 2017. Additional channel partners are being added for 2018 and beyond.
Pricing and Availability
PogoCam, including its wireless Smart Case and other accessories will have a suggested retail price of $169.00. When purchasing a PogoCam on PogoTec’s ecommerce site, PogoCam.com, initial customers purchasing PogoCam will receive a free pair of fashion non-prescription sunglasses with PogoTrack. Purchasers will also receive PogoLoop, a small, flexible connector that allows PogoCam to be attached to almost any style of glasses or sunglasses. PogoLoop comes in multiple sizes and a template guide to help consumers choose the right size for their eyeglass frames.
PogoTec™, Inc is a privately owned company incorporated in Delaware. Its core initiative is to enable electronic wearable devices with a special focus on eyewear. PogoTec’s product offerings consist of; PogoTrack: a proprietary attachment means for attaching electronic wearable devices to eyewear while maintaining the fashion look of eyewear and PogoCam: the world’s smallest and lightest camera attachable to eyewear. PogoTec’s management team and Board of Directors have extensive experience in creating and commercializing innovation. PogoTec has been extremely diligent in protecting its intellectual property and has numerous patent applications filed around the world. For more information about PogoTec, please visit www.PogoTec.com.