If you require reading glasses, you'll inevitably get to an age where you tire of constantly misplacing them and just accept that a neck strap is the way to go. But they're actually a handy accessory, and if you want to make the upgrade earlier without looking 20 years beyond your age, this pair of reading glasses actually features a secret integrated neck strap.
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For those times when you really only want or can really only handle half a pint of hooch, these modified beer glasses leave no doubt that you're drinking with a little moderation. Because instead of being shorter, thinner or modified in shape, they look like a standard pint glass that's been bifurcated with a guillotine.
The internet is a fire hydrant of content. Keeping track of the pages you enjoy is a pain. A team of UK design students has a conceptual solution: Amoeba, an electronic monocle that files away the pages you find most interesting, as measured by your biofeedback response. It's the emotion-tracking Google Glass you always wanted!
That screen you're staring at all day is screwing up your eyes, but you don't do anything about it. For years, Gunnar Optiks has sold glasses that help take the strain off, but let's face it, they make you look like an arsehole. So Gunnar is trotting out a new line of glasses that look more like beachware than nerd glasses. Now you can be the the person everyone stares at while you're trying to work -- for a good reason.
You know that sad feeling you get when a headache's coming on while watching a 3D movie and you remember that you can't actually take the glasses off for a few seconds of relief because the ghosted 2D image is even harder to watch? That could be a thing of the past as researchers from the University of California Santa Cruz have developed a new kind of 3D display that doesn't appear ghosted when you're not wearing those special glasses.
People who have been blind since a young age can sometimes learn to develop a sort of low-grade echolocation. This technique, used by the likes of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Ronnie Milsap, and Ben Underwood, works much the same way as it does in bats and dolphins. But people who have just recently lost their sight can't harness this ability innately. They need the vOICe to do it for them.
Contact lenses are great if your only issue is nearsightedness or farsightedness, but for those struggling with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness among older adults, those flimsy little lenses ain't going to cut it -- or at least not the kind of contact lenses you're used to. But soon AMD sufferers could see their vision vastly improving thanks to a slim, adjustable telescope that sits right in the middle of their eye.
In a time when it seems like the privacy we all enjoyed was just a smokescreen, it's nice to know there's at least one way to fight back against all the systems designed to keep track of our comings and goings. Developed by Japan's National Institute of Informatics, these glasses include 11 LEDs that blast a privacy curtain of near-infrared light to obscure your face.