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Inventor Creates Glasses So You Can See Over Tall People At Gigs

Just in time for festival season.

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At some point we’ve all probably endured the annoyance of having someone taller than ourselves blocking our view at a gig.

It’s not an ideal situation, you can’t ask them to move, it’s not their fault they’re tall – so you’ve got to trudge to another spot in the crowd for a better view.

That could all soon be a thing of the past though, thanks to this wonderfully bizarre creation from inventor Dominic Wilcox.

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I was standing at a gig watching the music and turned round to see a small woman dancing away but with no chance of seeing the act. This gave me the idea to design and make these 'One Foot Taller' periscope glasses. They are made by cutting and bending one sheet of mirror acrylic which I think worked out well after lots of tries. Microsoft Surface challenged me to think up some extraordinary solutions to everyday problems so I came up with this and The Directing Jacket on the previous insta post. It was shown at the Extraordinary Solutions for Everyday Problems exhibition at Truman Brewery, London 21st to 23rd May. #extraordinarysolutions #createdonsurface #dandad @surface_UK #Design #Invention #glasses #spectacles #periscope #creativity #creative #gigs #music #style

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Talking about the inspiration behind his specs, Wilcox said: “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!”

Speaking to the Mirror about his drive to invent, Wilcox explained: “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.

“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 practised like any other skill.”

He added: “Some of my ideas develop from observations on human behaviour and I express them through the objects I create.

“I also experiment with materials to try to find surprises that can’t be found simply by thinking with a pen or a computer.”

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