Olympic Alpine Skier Ted Ligety Introduces Tech-Enhanced Sunglasses

(Luca Crivelli)

Ted Ligety has collected two gold medals in his Olympic profession and most just lately was a participant in PyeongChang. Throughout his profession, he additionally co-based a enterprise to assist him and different athletes win extra.

That enterprise? Shred Optics, which creates helmets, sun shades and different gear designed to assist skilled and leisure winter athletes. Ligety’s co-founder, Italian supplies engineer Carlo Salmini, developed a carbon-fiber shin guard for Ligety and his associates, CNBC reported. First, the pair created launched into separate enterprises: Ligety paired with a lens maker to create ski goggles that emphasised mild and darkish varieties in snow.

Ligety and Salmini turned enterprise companions after the latter expressed curiosity within the goggles, CNBC reported, and have since developed numerous different merchandise. Shred’s newest? A pair of eyeglasses that shield athletes from flat mild, which launched on Kickstarter in November, the corporate introduced. The sun shades, referred to as Increase, have been created utilizing excessive-grade urethane lenses created in Japan, in response to the announcement. In comparison with typical sun shades made with CR-39 or polycarbonate lenses, the urethane lenses are supposedly extra sturdy and exact.

“There’s no substitute for high quality shades,” Ligety stated in a press release. “But for years an business dominated by giants has completed little to gasoline development, touting the advantages of lens supplies and body designs which might be riddled with compromises.

“That’s why we’re out to vary the sport. Our frames and lenses set up a brand new commonplace in sturdiness and optical precision—whereas additionally proving that fashion needn’t come on the expense of efficiency.”

The Increase sun shades permit for extra outlined pictures, larger distinction, and vivid colours, diminishing the consequences of flat mild, which MIT engineers stated could make it arduous to see on overcast days. The glasses are geared towards these dwelling lively life.

College students on the institute helped work on the sun shades to guard their wearers towards these harmful circumstances; Salmini, who helped develop Shred’s glasses, graduated from MIT as properly.

“Of all the issues we have now, that is probably the most difficult one,” Salmini advised MIT.

“For racers, a distinction of seconds can exist between how they carry out within the solar and the way they carry out in flat mild,” Ligety informed MIT. “You could have a lot extra confidence to push exhausting in good mild.”

The Kickstarter marketing campaign led to December, and the sun shades will quickly be obtainable on Shred’s web site for $one hundred sixty-200, the corporate introduced.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 08: Ted Ligety of america appears on in the course of the Males’s Downhill Alpine Skiing coaching at Jeongseon Alpine Centre on February eight, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photograph by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Photographs)