Spectacles Made of Water?
Yes you heard correctly. Glasses with water lenses. A British inventor by the name of Josh Silver has invented this innovative product.
Based on the optical principle that the fatter the lens the more powerful it becomes; Silver, a former professor of physics at Oxford University has devised a pair of glasses which allow the wearer to change with power of the lens themselves by adjusting the amount of fluid in the lens.
Latest news* The lenses now have silicon oil in them.
No optician required
The glasses are fitted with tough plastic lenses which contain circular sacs of fluid. These sacs have a small syringe attached which is connected to the arm of the spectacles. The wearer adjusts the level of fluid in the sacs untll his vision is clear. Then he twists the screw to cut of the fluid supply and the syringe is removed. A very simple process which means that people are able to create glasses that work without the need of an optical prescription.
Vision for a Nation
In 2008 Adaptive Eyewear took part in designing the framework for the charity, Vision for a Nation. The charity plans to screen the entire population of people over 8 years old in Rwanda and provide glasses for those who need them.
You can donate to the charity via this link if you wish
New Improved Glasses from Adaptive Eyewear
Can I get a pair?
Whilst this product can be mass produced and can be individually tuned; the developed world may not yet be ready for this innovation. The glasses themselves have a very chunky appearance and would probably at this stage of development appeal to the mass market. Silver's goal is to help the millions of people in developing countries who suffer from poor eyesight.
© Susan Bailey 01/01/2009 All Rights Reserved
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