Short people don’t have an awful lot going for them, do they? They have to ask for help to reach things on high shelves in supermarkets. They need booster seats in the car or cinema. And, they can’t see over other people’s heads at music concerts or festivals. Until now. Eccentric inventor Dominic Wilcox has invented a pair of glasses that may help with that last one…
Of course, short people are more than just the butt of a joke. Statistically, those of us below average height fit in clothes more easily, and live longer on average! Even if they can’t go on some rides at amusement parks, they have some things going for them.
But there’s nothing worse than being at a gig and having to stand on tiptoes or peer through gaps in taller peoples’ shoulders. If you aren’t right at the front, you’ve got no chance. Even though some venues have slanted floors to offer those at the back a better view, it’s often not enough.
But inventor Dominic Wilcox has come up with a pair of glasses to combat the problem. Before now, the only options were plastic surgery or massive platform shoes. The glasses promise to be less painful than the former, but maybe equally as uncool as the latter.
The One Foot Taller glasses are essentially a periscope and work using mirrors. If you don’t mind looking a little ridiculous, they will help you see over anyone less than a foot taller than yourself. His inspiration, as a tall person himself, surprisingly came from experience.
“I was standing at a gig and turned to see a small woman dancing away but unable to see the band. This gave me the inspiration to design a way for people to see over obstacles such as tall people like me. It works well, though dancing with it on might be a challenge.”
There’s no word on whether the experimental glasses will be made available to the public, but I’m not sure I’d want to wear them anyway. Would you wear the crazy specs? Let us know in the comments, and share with your shorter-than-average family and friends. You can check out similar stories on Happiest, such as this story about a circus using groundbreaking holograms.