If you’re short, I’m sure you’ve experienced missing out on events because you can’t see over the person in front of you that may be over 6 feet tall. Short people miss out on experiences such as concerts because of someone taller than standing in front of their view. And if you’re taller, I’m sure you’ve heard all the shorter people behind you mumbling under their breath about not being able to see. Luckily, there is a solution. A guy named Dominic Wilcox has invented a solution called the ‘One Foot Taller Periscope Glasses’.
Yes, the name implies exactly what this invention does.
It allows the person wearing the glasses to experience being a little bit taller, as least in terms of what they can see.
By wearing these glasses, you can see one foot taller than what the average eye level can.
Inventor Dominic Wilcox said, “I was challenged by Microsoft Surface to think up some everyday problems and come up with some interesting or extraordinary solutions. It was for an exhibition in London in May. A few weeks earlier, I was at a gig standing near the back, and I noticed a small woman dancing behind me who clearly couldn’t see the band because of all the tall people around. This gave me the idea to try to solve that problem. Also, I think we’ve all been at the cinema and someone big sits in front and blocks the view, this device could help, as long as you don’t block the view of the person behind you!”
“I did have about five attempts at making the finished object. I cut my finished design out of a sheet of mirrored plastic then very carefully heated and bent the parts into the correct angles to reflect the light from up high, down to the eyes. I quite enjoyed working out how to make this quite unusual and functional object from one single sheet.”
“I’ve been designing unusual things for many years, so that helps speed up all the little decisions you have to make on any design project. It took about a week of thinking, testing, failing, more testing, etc. to go from a doodle to the end piece.”
This also isn’t his first invention. One of his other inventions is called the “Directing Jacket.”
According to his website, the directing jacket aims to solve the ago old problem of walking straight towards an oncoming person and neither person knowing what side to walk in.
The green LED arrows can point oncoming pedestrians to walk by on the side that the arrow points to. This is activated by pushing a button located on the sleeve.
He also invented a shoe accessory that is an “ice-tray and shoe grips in one.”
Another invention he designed is called “no-place-like-home” GPS shoes.
According to his website, these shoes “take the best of traditional craftsmanship and enhance it with a subtle addition of modern technology in the form of embedded GPS in the heel and mini LED lights within the traditional brogue shoe hole perforations.”
He also invented an amplification device for a rumbling tummy.
His invention, “Binaudios” will allow you to listen to “the sounds of the city.”
He also made some “luxury skimming (or skipping) stones.”
These 24ct gold leading skimming stones come with a ‘made to fit’ leather belt pouch.
More info: Dominic Wilcox
In reference to the glasses, he says, After putting on the glasses, “you can see a rectangle in the center of your vision of the higher view. It’s a sort of slightly bonkers analog AR device.”