Combined Ear & Eye Protection
Eyesonic is an eye and ear protection product designed by Cobalt to disrupt the existing PPE marketscape across Europe, UK and Australia. The design innovation comes from the integration of two existing safety products – safety glasses and noise reduction earmuffs - into a single device. This patented gamechanging product provides significant benefits in user-experience (comfort, fit and convenience) without sacrificing safety or performance.
Cobalt developed the product for EyeSonic to address common issues with wearing eye and ear protection together. These compete for position over the users’ ears - resulting in uncomfortable pressure points, poor fit and compromised noise protection due to the glasses preventing a proper seal of the earmuff. These issues are compounded when workers are required to wear additional headwear including hard hats.
EyeSonic uses a single frame or band to mount both the safety glasses and earmuffs. Cobalt engineered this band using optimised geometry and advanced plastics; resulting in a patented frame design which applies firm yet comfortable inward flex to securely hold the earmuffs in place without the need for any additional strap or fixing. Adjustment of earmuff position is easy via a simple ratcheting mechanism, while an integrated pivot allows the glasses to be conveniently repositioned when not in use.
Finally, combining these separate functions into a single product is cheaper and easier logistically for professional industries (where PPE is provided by the employer) and in terms of material use and environmental impact.
EyeSonic has been developed to allow easy replacement of key components, providing benefits to both end user and retailer. Easily replaceable lenses allow customisation to suit lighting conditions or application and allow simple repair if lost or damaged. Earmuffs and mounting frames can be manufactured in various colours to create unique versions to suit particular markets or uses. EyeSonic also supports different styles of eye or face protection including face shields, mesh guards and welding goggles.
Flexibility, comfort and convenience are key features of EyeSonic. Multiple eyewear and lens types can be used, while users can wear hard hats and wide brimmed hats without compromising comfort or performance. The innovative single mounting frame eliminates pressure points and discomfort, while adjustment to earmuff position and a rotatable band provides users with flexibility of fit and orientation.
EyeSonic provides significant improvements to user convenience and comfort without compromising on safety. Eyesonic is compliant with benchmark industry safety standards including Class 5 or NRR 25-30db ear protection and ANSI Z87 eye protection.
Eyesonic has been developed to provide a robust, long-lasting solution suitable for the rigors of everyday use on the worksite. Components are designed to be replaceable and careful material selection and FEA analysis were critical elements of the design process. Extensive product testing was completed during development to ensure all parts and assemblies are fit for purpose.
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