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Cliris automatically cleans and scents your glasses in 4 minutes

Cliris automatically cleans an...
The Cliris automatic eyewear cleaner (Photo: Cliris)
The Cliris automatic eyewear cleaner (Photo: Cliris)
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Optionally, Cliris can add a delicate fragrance to your glasses (Photo: Cliris)
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Optionally, Cliris can add a delicate fragrance to your glasses (Photo: Cliris)
A view of the black version (Photo: Cliris)
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A view of the black version (Photo: Cliris)
After powering on, users need to place a folded pair of glasses inside the device via a pop out drawer (Photo: Cliris)
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After powering on, users need to place a folded pair of glasses inside the device via a pop out drawer (Photo: Cliris)
The Cliris automatic eyewear cleaner (Photo: Cliris)
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The Cliris automatic eyewear cleaner (Photo: Cliris)
The cartridges fit in the back of the device, two at a time (Photo: Cliris)
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The cartridges fit in the back of the device, two at a time (Photo: Cliris)
The Cliris team (Photo: Cliris)
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The Cliris team (Photo: Cliris)
After powering on, users need to place a folded pair of glasses inside the device via a pop out drawer (Photo: Cliris)
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After powering on, users need to place a folded pair of glasses inside the device via a pop out drawer (Photo: Cliris)
The cartridges last for approximately 30 cleaning cycles each (Photo: Cliris)
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The cartridges last for approximately 30 cleaning cycles each (Photo: Cliris)
A view of the white version (Photo: Cliris)
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A view of the white version (Photo: Cliris)
Most glasses will fit into the 2 x 5.9 in tank (Photo: Cliris)
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Most glasses will fit into the 2 x 5.9 in tank (Photo: Cliris)
Cliris invento Didier Lutz (Photo: Cliris)
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Cliris invento Didier Lutz (Photo: Cliris)

If you've ever felt like pampering your eyeglasses but never knew how, this one may be for you. Swiss startup Cliris SA has taken to Kickstarter to fund the development of Cliris, a sleek-looking, automatic eyewear cleaner that uses ultrasound technology and a biodegradable solution to clean, disinfect, anti-fog treat, dry and (optionally) scent your spectacles in only four minutes.

After plugging the device into the nearest wall socket, you'll simply need to fold up your glasses and place them inside the device via a pop out drawer. As you turn on the power, the Cliris tank fills up with cleaning liquid and starts working. According to the company, Cliris requires only 40 W of power and is "about as quiet as an espresso machine" – whatever that means.

The cleaning process uses a combination of ultrasonic technology and Cliriense, the company's own biodegradable cleaning fluid. The fluid comes packed in cartridges which fit, two at a time, into the back of the device. Each cartridge is said to last for about 30 cleaning cycles, or one month of daily usage assuming one cleaning cycle per day.

The cartridges fit in the back of the device, two at a time (Photo: Cliris)
The cartridges fit in the back of the device, two at a time (Photo: Cliris)

A convenient LED light will alert you as soon as cartridges need to be replaced. The process of replacing a cartridge is reported quick and easy; moreover, because the cleaning solution they contain is eco-friendly, used fluid can be simply flushed into the sink.

You can clean any sort of glasses, including sunglasses and sports glasses, as long as they measure a maximum of 2 x 5.9 in (5 x 15 cm) when folded, and they aren't made out of some exotic materials not compatible with ultrasonic treatment.

The company says it has already produced several functioning prototypes, and is now looking for funding for both scaling up and further reducing the four-minute cleaning time.

You can get your own Cliris device (in black or white) by contributing US$269 to the Kickstarter campaign. The pledge includes two cartridges for about two months of daily usage (cartridges are approximately $25 each). Assuming it raises its target of $280,000 by July 22, the company expects to make its first deliveries in April 2015. The design is patent-pending, and the device comes with a 2-year warranty.

The video below shows the Cliris in action.

Sources: Cliris, Kickstarter

5 comments
Bob Flint
How does it work on anti-glare coatings that are extremely smudge, & dust prone. Since your glasses and frames are submerged in a liquid, any corrosion issues? How is the surface actually dried?
dsiple
This would be a "might buy" at $39.95. But $25/cleaning cartridge alone is way too much to ask for this product. Unless you're searching for a gift for the man or woman who has everything.
Didier
Thanks for our comments. All glasses have lenses of different qualities. Some glasses with anti-reflective treatment do get dirtier than others. The Cliris device cleans smoothly. The spectacle frames are highly resistant to the oxides of our body perspiration. The Cliriense product is a soft product that does not damage the frames or the lenses, in addition, it is biodegradable. Within 4 minutes your glasses are clean, the bacteria eradicated, an anti-fog finish is dispersed, they are dry and unblemished. This is our trick and the challenge that we have managed to surpass. Thank you for your interest. Best Regards. Your Team Cliris
Didier
About the price... You are right, the idea is to clean one time daily so your glass are perfect for all day, but depending on our activities you can clean more. (at lunch time or after fitness or jogging for example) In any case the cartridge is available for one month (around 30 times) if you do one clean cycle per day. It cost you $0.5/cycle/daily Best regards. Your Cliris Team
MikeyCB
Sounds like an interesting product that would be neat to pick up my glasses from each morning. That said, I'm inclined to think it would more likely be a once weekly use for my 4 pairs of glasses - not all of them daily for a monthly cost upwards of $50 to keep them clean.