29 Sep Global Leaders in Consumer Electronics and Healthcare Team Up to Address Screen Time as an Emerging Health Issue at the Blue Light Summit 2021
BOE, Dell Technologies, Eyesafe, HP, Lenovo, LG Display, UnitedHealthcare and ZAGG came together on one stage to address the biggest health issue of the digital age: high-energy blue light from digital devices.
MINNEAPOLIS // September 29, 2021 // At this year’s Blue Light Summit, leaders in consumer electronics and healthcare came together to tackle one of healthcare’s most vexing and widespread health challenges: increasing screen time and exposure to blue light emissions from digital devices.
The summit, sponsored by Eyesafe, TÜV Rheinland, UnitedHealthcare and ZAGG, was broadcast live online in 195 countries.
The event kicked off with Vicente Fox Quesada, the 62nd President of Mexico, urging global policymakers and regulators to take the potential risks of blue light seriously and meet the moment by bringing forth responsible policies to limit blue light emissions.
“As a former head of state, I can tell you that there is no greater responsibility to our people than keeping them safe,” said Fox in remarks delivered from his home state of Guanajuato, Mexico. “Leaders and regulators worldwide want to better understand the potential long-term health impacts that these bright digital screens – oftentimes no more than a few centimeters from our faces – are having on our eyes. And, importantly, on our children’s eyes.”
“We need you – industry leaders, health insurers, and policymakers – to continue to make significant strides towards global coverage,” said Fox to the global gathering of healthcare and consumer electronics leaders.
As has become the hallmark of past Blue Light Summits, lots of news was broken at this year’s event as companies took advantage of the global platform to unveil an array of new low blue light products, solutions, and partnerships. To watch the event on-demand, please click here.
The key announcements made at the 2021 Blue Light Summit include:
BOE Announced Development Efforts for New Low Blue Light LED Displays with Eyesafe Display Technology
The world’s largest display maker, BOE, which produces one out of every four displays, revealed its collaboration with Eyesafe to develop low blue light LED displays using Eyesafe Display Technology. Eyesafe technology is designed to chisel out high-energy blue light in the peak toxic blue region, considered the most harmful to the human eye. From providing the lowest blue light toxicity factor, to offering easy “drop-in” application, competitive costing, and power efficiency, Eyesafe technology offers significant benefits vs the conventional low blue light LED solutions that exist in the supply chain today. Eyesafe and BOE are working together to commercialize Eyesafe Display Technology so built-in, always-on blue light protection is available on devices across segments and price points. “BOE and Eyesafe aim to make healthier displays standard across the industry,” said Frank Mao, VP, GM of NB SBU at BOE.
HP Inc. Recognized with GLASS Award for Broadest Portfolio of Eyesafe Certified PCs and Monitors
HP Inc. received the Global Leadership and Achievement in Screentime Safety (GLASS) award, which recognizes a company, organization or association that exemplifies extraordinary commitment to consumer wellness, the safety of digital devices, and definitive actions to reduce high-energy blue light for consumers. “HP is thrilled to receive the inaugural GLASS Award which highlights our commitment to creating product solutions that promote wellbeing for our customers,” said Joanne Bugos, Vice President and General Manager, Display Solutions at HP Inc. As a show of its commitment to consumer wellness, HP recently announced the Spectre x360 16 inch 2-in-1 Laptop PC, which meets Eyesafe standards for low blue light emissions without color compromise. The new HP Spectre x360 will be available in October.
Lenovo™ Showcased a Portfolio of PCs and Monitors to Deliver Eyesafe Solutions in a Hybrid Working World
Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, Lenovo highlighted its 30+ commercial and consumer monitors and laptops which have achieved Eyesafe® Certification. Chief among these are several thin and light consumer laptops, certified models of ThinkBook™ SMB laptops, and the most certified professional monitors on the market.1 Lenovo’s Visuals business, headed by Stefan Engel, Vice President and General Manager, is leading the charge in making eye health a priority. “Lenovo is committed to eye health and safety in the design of our product solutions,” said Engel. “Low blue light is an innovative feature that we’ve championed for years. Now faced with increased levels of screen time, more customers are ready to talk about what can be done to reduce their blue light exposure.” The event also featured Zhaochun Ma, Executive Director, Lenovo Consumer & SMB Notebook Development Center in the Intelligent Devices Group, who announced that select laptop lines will now predominantly display the Eyesafe mark to help inform consumers. “The Eyesafe mark has emerged as the gold standard across the consumer electronics industry when it comes to low blue light filtration,” said Ma. “We want to give Lenovo PC users peace of mind to enjoy the vivid colors of their display without worrying about the impacts of excessive exposure.”
LG Display Announced Strategic Partnership with Eyesafe for its OLED TV
LG Display, the world’s largest manufacturer of OLED television panels, announced a first-of-its kind partnership with Eyesafe to position OLED as the world’s most effective technology for eye comfort. LG Display has committed to certify its OLED TV displays to meet Eyesafe® Standards, the industry leading set of requirements for high-energy blue light and color performance, and collaborate on consumer-facing marketing to promote eye health benefits. KJ Kim, Vice President of TV Sales Group at LG Display, commented on this announcement, saying “LG Display is an industry innovator, and that’s why we partnered with Eyesafe to introduce LG Display’s OLED, designed to have natural low blue light for improved eye comfort and better sleep.”
ZAGG Reinforced the Importance of Eyesafe Blue Light Filtration for Devices
As a global leader and innovator, ZAGG underscored the importance of Eyesafe blue light filtration in its InvisibleShield line of screen accessories. “With screen time growing, devices evolving into life essentials, and our already close connection to those device screens, we started our deep development of true meaningful blue light filtration that we could integrate into our products”, said Chris Ahern, CEO of ZAGG. As part of its strategy to integrate Eyesafe across the InvisibleShield portfolio, ZAGG launched the Glass XTR screen protector for iPhone 13 earlier this month.
1 Based on internal research conducted internally by Lenovo and verified by Eyesafe as of March 23, 2021, of all major PC manufacturers shipping more than one million units worldwide annually.
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Eyesafe brings together world leaders in healthcare and consumer electronics to develop industry leading requirements for high-energy visible light (HEVL) and color performance that are based in human health. Eyesafe provides industry-leading technology to reduce high-energy blue light in consumer electronics, helping to re-design displays for human health. Eyesafe technology and standards were developed by a world-class team of eye doctors, engineers, and scientists, with decades of experience in electronics, display materials, and light management. Eyesafe recently ranked #5 in the computer hardware category in Inc. Magazine’s 2021 list of the 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America. To learn more, visit https://eyesafe.com
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