Unless you are at least 5-foot 10, you will probably seeing heads instead of the parade on the street. Anything below that height, you are better off staying on a tall building and use a binocular instead, or you could don the One Foot Taller Periscope Glasses. Conceived by Dominic Wilcox, the same man who brought to you GPS Shoes and among other quirky but brilliant stuff, One Foot Taller Periscope Glasses let a person sees one foot taller than his or her normal eye level.
Similar to the lazy person eyewear for reading books or using mobile devices while lying down, One Foot Taller Periscope Glasses borrow the concept of a periscope used in submarines by two pieces of mirrors, one at the top of the one-foot rod and the other, in front of the eyewear, both angle in such a way that lets the wearers see above their head height.
When challenged by Microsoft Surface to come with an extraordinary solution to an everyday problem for an exhibition in London, Wilcox recalled the time when he saw a small woman dancing away among the crowd, even though she can’t see the band. The small woman inspired him to design a way for people to see over obstacles such as tall people and hence, the One Foot Taller Periscope Glasses.
Unfortunately, it does not appear that this wonderful and somewhat quirky invention is not something money can buy. It was one of the exhibits at the Extraordinary Solutions to everyday Problems exhibition at D&AD Festival, London held between May 21 and 23, 2019.
Images: Dominic Wilcox.