PLEASANT LAKE — The date was Oct. 3, 2010, and Christopher Salow was watching his preacher deliver a sermon.
“Our minister is a very energetic person, and I started wondering what it would be like to look at things through his eyes, to see what he sees,” Salow recalled. “It was funny, I didn’t listen to much of the message that day, I started thinking about this whole idea. It’s been a very interesting journey since then.”
That experience led Salow and his son Aaron to develop Pairasight, eyewear with embedded HD video cameras that allow the user to live stream video of whatever it is they’re looking at.
Salow demonstrated the Pairasight eyewear device live on the Tech Crunch stage at the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas two weeks ago. Since then, he said, “there has been great interest…. It’s amazing the ideas people have in medical, retail, other businesses.”
Pairasight eyewear streams video in real-time, so a person can put the glasses on, press the stream button, and send video directly to www.pairasight.com. The Pairasight team is also developing 3D video and augmented reality technology for the eyewear.
Pairasight’s approach is to support the development of devices that can be used in many different vertical markets. The company will focus on do-it-yourselfer, hobbyist and security applications, and provide hardware, software and licensing to support other industries such as entertainment, medical, the military and more.
“If you’re working on a project and you need assistance, you can put on the glasses and call an expert and they will be able to see what you see in real-time, with both hands free,” Salow said. “With two speakers and two mikes, you can actually communicate back and forth through the device and get the assistance needed to create a solution.”
Later this year, Pairasight will conduct Customer Discovery with a pre-production run of 100 pairs of glasses for strategic partners and developers, to increase traction, gain momentum, and change the way we share our world.
Pairasight is currently looking for partners that would like to pursue those opportunities through such an incubator program. To learn more about Pairasight and to stay up to date on their status visit www.pairasight.com or find Pairasight on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Salow said he can’t yet predict the price point of the eventually retail Pairasight, but that there will be two versions, an industrial-grade and a consumer-grade.
Salow is a 35-year veteran of manufacturing through his Peak Manufacturing. And he’s also established a foundation for sixth through eighth grade students to teach them all the cool possibilities of industrial design. More about that effort at http://shoprat.org.