Chris Mullin, founder and CEO of Dynamic Eye, approached TCIE in 2004 with the goal of developing sunglasses that would instantly block the sun’s glare. He sought assistance from the UB School of Engineering to make wearable electronic eyewear feasible through the design and fabrication of a custom glare sensor chip. An earlier prototype required a laptop to process the data from a commercial sensor and liquid crystal displays (LCDs). Years of engineering improvements and four prototypes later, his glare shielding sunglasses were named one of the top 10 inventions of 2011 by Popular Science.
- Partnered with a UB professor and graduate student assistants from the Department of Electrical Engineering
- Secured funding through SPIR grants, accounting for 42 percent of all TCIE research costs
- Conducted multiple projects and fabrications to improve the glare sensor chip