AVT Inc., a leader in the design and development of custom kiosks and automated retailing units, announced that it has signed a manufacturing agreement with Opticwash, creators of the world's only self-service kiosk dedicated to the cleaning of eyewear and jewelry.
According to the company, the Opticwash kiosk cleans and sanitizes eyeglasses, sunglasses and jewelry to perfection in a matter of moments.
The system uses reverse osmosis water, which is filtered to the point where it has no minerals or organics, and can attack and absorb dirt on contact. Additionally, an ultraviolet light source kills up to 99.9 percent of bacteria, the company said.
The Opticwash system began development in 2009, and according to the company, has had great success during beta testing. The Army and Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) participated in the beta testing with seven kiosks in three different bases throughout Florida.
Opticwash kiosks have also proved successful in five shopping malls in Florida, the Wyndham visitor center at the Emerald Grande (2013 Hotel of the Year), two marina ship stores, two Airport Fixed Based Operators (FBOs) and other locations.
The Opticwash system has won many awards, including three gold medals at INPEX — America's Largest Invention and New Product Expo — for best design, best cleaning product, and most entertaining system, plus it earned the Grand Prix Award for overall best new product.
"Just as 20 years ago no one would have ever thought to buy water in a bottle, we believe that soon, most people won't even think about cleaning their eyewear with a cloth or shirt," said Bryan Myers, CEO of Ocala, Fla.-based Opticwash. "The market potential is enormous, and we are pleased to have partnered with AVT, and look forward to their contributions in manufacturing and development as our company continues on this remarkable growth path."
The average human touches their face between 3,000 and 4,000 times a day. With the outbreak of the flu virus and other germ-related ailments, having a clean pair of glasses and sanitized jewelry is essential.
Over 4 billion people worldwide need or wear some type of corrective glasses. There are over 350 million pairs of sunglasses and over 150 million pairs of corrective lenses sold every year. Over $18 billion dollars is spent on eyewear each year, yet there has been no easy way to remove the bacteria around the nose bridge or frame areas, or protect eyewear from the scratches that hand-cleaning causes… until now.
The Opticwash kiosk drives customer traffic while generating ongoing revenues and is perfect for most locations, including shopping malls, schools, airports, student unions, hotels, bookstores, and optical centers.
"Opticwash will create an entire new industry and develop a powerful, worldwide brand in the process," said Shannon Illingworth, founder and chairman of Corona, Calif.-based AVT Inc. "We are proud to have been selected as their manufacturing partner and look forward to helping them achieve their goals."
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