Level smart glasses have arrived from VSP Global, and we’ve got the scoop!
Let’s break it down, shall we?
Level began in 2015 as the Project Genesis prototype within our innovation lab, The Shop. A partnership and academic study with the renowned USC Center for Body Computing soon followed in 2016. And results of that groundbreaking work were published last September in the NEJM Catalyst.
Fast forward to today and we are excited to now bring Level smart glasses to market for VSP members just like you!
Check out this quick video and our FAQs below on what you need to know.
What do Level smart glasses do?
Level is activity-tracking technology seamlessly embedded inside the temple of an optical frame. The technology tracks activity via an accompanying smartphone app. As users reach daily step goals, they earn points redeemable for a donation of vision care services to individuals in need.
What types of activity do they track?
Level tracks steps, calories burned, distance, and total activity time. Users can also connect with friends and even locate a misplaced frame through the app’s “Find My Glasses” feature. You can also help others, just by meeting your daily step goals. As you reach your goal each day, you earn points. Once you get a total of 50 points, VSP will donate a comprehensive eye exam and pair of glasses to someone in need through our Eyes of Hope initiatives.
Can you tell that there is technology inside just by looking at the frames?
No—and that’s by design! Leslie Muller, co-director of our innovation lab, puts it perfectly: “As proud as we are of the technology and the platform, we also knew that to be considered truly ‘smart,’ these frames had to be beautiful and well designed—period. Eyewear is a medical device, a fashion accessory, and the world’s oldest form of wearable tech. To honor that legacy, we combined industrial design, engineering, and traditional eyewear craftsmanship to create something seamless and fashionable, too.”
Where can I buy them?
We’ll be rolling out Level to select U.S. markets beginning with our hometown of Sacramento, CA, in March 2018. In April, expect wider market rollout to other cities, such as Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Denver, CO; Minneapolis, MN; and Washington, DC. Based on demand and feedback, plans for an even bigger release will be announced at a later date.
Who will sell Level?
We’re excited to sell Level through select VSP network doctors participating in the Premier Program. Check out the Find Level section of the website for more information about availability in your area.
How much do they cost?
The MSRP is $270, which excludes lenses. Final pricing will vary based on lens enhancements, the application of vision benefits, and provider location.
What kind of styles and colors do the frames come in?
Three beautiful, unisex frame styles and four color options, including black, classic tortoise, slate, and grey tortoise. You can get a closer look at the frames here.
Can I apply my VSP benefits to purchase Level smart glasses?
Yes! Most people with vision coverage—including VSP members—can apply their benefits to purchase Level. Even with all that technology inside, Level is treated like a standard optical frame under most vision insurance plans. Have questions? Give our customer care team a call and they can walk you through your coverage (800-877-7195).
For more information about Level, check out the full FAQs section on the website here.