CREATED for the #DesignItWright Contest
FLIPS - Version 1 - the social media savvy “flip-able spectacles”
As a regular user of social media apps, I’ve recently started flipping my glasses upside down when sitting on the couch to watch television. I originally found myself lifting my glasses and placing them askew, resting one lens on the bridge of my nose to allow me to look below my glasses to view my Smartphone unobstructed. This was only a temporary fix as I was unhappy lifting my glasses on and off the bridge of my nose. I continued to do this until I got the idea to flip my glasses and wear them upside down so that I could do both things at once (watch TV or look at my phone) without having to touch my glasses for hours.
Being near-sighted, this simple “FLIP” allowed for extended movie and television viewing (through my distance glasses) while also providing the opportunity to look down occasionally, avoiding my glasses all together, to check emails, messages, Facebook and other social media apps on my mobile phone. It’s worked so well that I do it all the time now.
A couple of my daughters’ friends have even caught me doing this and have asked, “Do you know that your glasses are upside down”? It always makes me laugh. Then I say, “Yes, I know, I do it on purpose!”
As you can imagine, flipping my glasses is not the perfect solution as they were not designed to be worn in this manner. My glasses leave a distinctive line across the bridge of my nose and the arms wrap up and away from my ears, causing them to slide off easily when I get up to walk around.
When I saw this contest, I decided to develop and share my “flip-able glasses” concept in the hope that others might benefit from my FLIPS design (starting with Ian of course).
The FLIPS .stl file that makes up part of my submission has been monogrammed specifically for Ian (with the letter “i” in the circles at the end of each arm). You will also find a FLIPS brand/logo near the temple on each arm. The logo and letter “i” are right side up on one arm and upside down on the other. This will ensure that at least one arm is easily readable whether they are worn right-side-up or upside-down.
The circle at the end of each arm functions quite well tucked to partially wrap behind your ears no matter which way you are wearing them.
The "nose-rest" section of the glasses was formed using the 3D likeness of Ian Wright's head (nose to be exact). This way the glasses will fit like they were made for him (which they were, lol).
FLIPS function normally when wearing them right-side-up (distance viewing) or upside-down when needing to look around your corrective lenses for near sighted viewing.
I suggest wearing your FLIPS upside-down when you’re more likely to multi task and use a mobile phone/wireless device. This will provide a solution for others (like myself) that struggle with distance glasses when wanting to view anything up close without having to fidget with our glasses repeatedly throughout the day.
FLIPS can be used three ways;
1. Normally like any other pair of glasses.
2. Upside-down to raise your prescription lenses up to help when shooting billiards (pool).
3. Upside-down for watching anything at a distance and also allowing the wearer the opportunity
to look below their glasses to view a mobile device or read a book, magazine or newspaper.
When using FLIPS upside down, simply raise your eyes to view things at a distance and lower your eyes for an unobstructed view below your glasses. It’s that easy.
FLIPS were designed to maximize the user experience in the ever expanding digital world in which we live.
These unique spectacles were designed by;
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in your contest to design glasses for Ian Wright!