Written by

Bernard Marr

Bernard Marr is a world-renowned futurist, influencer and thought leader in the fields of business and technology, with a passion for using technology for the good of humanity. He is a best-selling author of 20 books, writes a regular column for Forbes and advises and coaches many of the world’s best-known organisations. He has over 2 million social media followers, 1 million newsletter subscribers and was ranked by LinkedIn as one of the top 5 business influencers in the world and the No 1 influencer in the UK.

Bernard’s latest book is ‘Business Trends in Practice: The 25+ Trends That Are Redefining Organisations’

View Latest Book

AI Glasses You Can Try On And Try Out With AR

21 June 2021

In 2020, sports and lifestyle company Bollé launched the Volt+, their first lens developed with artificial intelligence (AI).

Researchers at EPIC, Bollé’s state-of-the-art design and technology innovation lab in Lyon, France, evaluated 20 million lens formula combinations with AI. The algorithm assessed all the combinations, and the team eventually chose one high-contrast formula that provides the best possible color enhancement and depth perception for their active lifestyle customers.

AI Glasses You Can Try On And Try Out With AR | Bernard Marr

The Volt+ is being touted as one of the most technologically advanced lens in the marketplace, and it is being included throughout Bollé’s extensive line of sport and lifestyle sunglasses.

But it’s not just the way Bollé made these lenses that make them different. Bollé is also offering a remarkable new way for users to shop for and buy sunglasses that may change the industry forever.

The “Try-On/Try-Out” Campaign

During the pandemic, Bollé needed a way to showcase its new lens technology while providing a safe, touchless home shopping experience. They knew that providing a rich, realistic view of its eyewear was going to be critical, since shoppers couldn’t try on glasses in person due to lockdowns.

In spring 2020, Bollé launched “Experience the Power of Color,” the company’s first augmented reality (AR) digital ad campaign.

M7 Innovations and XR production house QReal partnered with Bollé to provide a highly realistic AR experience for prospects who want to check out their products from anywhere in the world, in a safe and sanitary way.

The revolutionary AR technology uses Instagram filters to enable customers to:

  1. Try-On: See how Bollé sunglasses will look on their face, while in selfie view.
  2. Try-Out: Flip from selfie view to front-facing view to superimpose AR lenses and look at the world through a pair of Bollé glasses.

Shoppers can even swipe through anti-fog and light-adaptive features, right on their screens. The AR tech will adapt to real-world surroundings and lighting to give a highly realistic idea of what it would be like to wear their glasses. Once the shopper is ready to purchase, they can buy right through the Instagram platform.

The AR Campaign’s Results

In January 2021, retail partner Dick’s Sporting Goods reported a year-over-year sales increase in Bollé products of 456%. Following the success of the June 2020 campaign, which focused on summer gear, Bollé launched a second (even more successful) campaign in October 2020 for their winter products.

In week one of the winter AR campaign, the brand attracted 12,000 AR users, with a 14-second dwell time with its core audience. Since they were the first company to launch a "Try-Out" experience for customers, they tested the more dynamic AR experience against a simpler "Try-On Only" version. The Try-Out campaign saw a 78 percent increase in click-throughs.

Now the full line-up of Bollé lenses is available in the augmented reality "Try-On/Try-Out" app, and consumers can also see what they look like in ski helmets and goggles.

Bollé has expanded its unique customer experience beyond the Instagram world, too. Customers can interact with 3D models on the Bollé website, even spinning the models around for a fully interactive online experience.

Try It Out Yourself

To get a quick preview of how Bolle “Try-On/Try-Out” works, check out this video:

Data Strategy Book | Bernard Marr

Related Articles

Why Are AR VR & MR So Popular Right Now| Bernard Marr

Why Are AR, VR & MR So Popular Right Now?

Augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality are revolutionizing the way many industries operate. What factors are accelerating the development and adoption of XR tech [...]

10 Best Examples Of Augmented And Virtual Reality In Retail | Bernard Marr

10 Best Examples Of Augmented And Virtual Reality In Retail

In my book, "Extended Reality In Practice," I highlight over 100 examples of how augmented reality and virtual reality are transforming our world [...]

AR VR In Manufacturing 5 Things You Need To Know | Bernard Marr

AR & VR In Manufacturing: 5 Things You Need To Know

In fact, research by PwC indicates that the use of virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR), and augmented reality (AR) in product development alone could deliver a $360 billion boost to GDP by 2030. [...]

ABBAs Virtual Concert The Metaverse And The Future Of Entertainment | Bernard Marr

ABBA’s Virtual Concert, The Metaverse And The Future Of Entertainment

Even pop legends are not immune to the ongoing digitization of every aspect of life and society. Recently it was announced that Abba fans would get to experience the Swedish supergroup in their prime, as their “Abba-tars” take to the stage in London next year. [...]

What Is The Metaverse An Easy Explanation For Anyone | Bernard Marr

What Is The Metaverse? An Easy Explanation For Anyone

Microsoft has announced that it is working on building the “enterprise metaverse.” But what does it really mean? [...]

Augmented and Virtual Reality in Social Media | Bernard Marr

Augmented and Virtual Reality in Social Media

If you’re longing to experience an enticing virtual world that looks like the one from the book Ready Player One [...]

Stay up-to-date

  • Get updates straight to your inbox
  • Join my 1 million newsletter subscribers
  • Never miss any new content

Social Media



View Podcasts