The "One Foot Taller" glasses were invented by Dominic Wilcox as part of a challenge by Microsoft Surface, and it adds 30.5cm to a viewer's eye level.
Most people who frequently attend concerts are familiar with having to stand on your tiptoes just to be able to see the band on stage. If you've ever attended a gig just to find that your view is blocked by gargantuan tall people, one inventor has just the right thing for you.
Dominic Wilson's "One Foot Taller" glasses are specially made so that you can see over the tall people standing in front of you. Now that's something all of us short folks could use.
“I was standing at a gig and turned to see a small woman dancing away but unable to see the band," Wilson explains on his website. "This gave me the inspiration to design a way for people to see over obstacles such as tall people like me.”
The glasses allow the fortunate wearer to see one foot (30.5cm precisely) above their normal eye level - a useful range to have for any sort of stage show or crowded event. The glasses are constructed from a single sheet of mirrored acrylic "bent precisely".
They essentially use the same technology as a periscope, but you won't need to be in a submarine to use these. In fact, this might be the new must-have accessory for all the summer music festivals this year. The mirror in front of the wearer's eyes is angled at 45 degrees, and the eyes are reflected in the mirror above - allowing them to see from a higher vantage point.
The project came about as a challenge by Microsoft Surface to the UK inventor. Microsoft Surface asked Wilcox to think up some everyday problem and solve them with an extraordinary solution, which was showcased at an exhibition in London last month.
Wilcox also created the Directing Jacket, a wearable invention that "aims to solve the age-old problem of walking straight towards an oncoming person and neither knowing what side to walk by on." The jacket uses green LED arrows to point approaching pedestrians to walk on the side directed by the arrow. “This may be a very niche problem but it must happen a million times a day around the world," Wilcox explained. "That’s about 4 million seconds of time lost through dithering."
Wilcox spoke to The Mirror about his love for inventing unique solutions to everyday problems. “Some people get their thrills from bungee jumping or scoring a winning goal at Wembley, but I get mine from coming up with creative ideas," he said.
"Creativity is important because the world has many problems and challenges, and we need a lot more people with creative solutions to solve them. I think that everyone can become more creative and increase their ability to think up new ideas. Creativity is just a particular way of thinking that can be learned and practiced like any other skill."
The British inventor is also responsible for several absurd and fun breakfast inventions, as well as a "pre-handshake device". While we're not entirely sure how practical the "One Foot Taller" glasses will be to carry around (they don't seem to be collapsible or foldable), people are in love with the unique idea.