Man Invents Glasses To Give Shorter People A Height Advantage

Short people rejoice: Inventor creates periscope glasses so you can see over tall people at gigs.

Ever felt the pain of attending a festival or concert, and someone in front of you is blocking the view? One inventor has the solution to your problem.

A London-based designer, Dominic Wilcox, has created a pair of periscope glasses that help the wearer see over the heads of tall people at events.

The glasses add a one-foot (30.5cm) height to the wearers' normal eye-level. They may be just what you need at your next concert.

Wilcox began the project when he was challenged by Microsoft Surface to think and solve some everyday problems with "interesting" or "extraordinary" solutions.

His inspiration to periscope glasses struck when he had attended a music gig and saw a shorter person struggling to see the stage.

Wilcox told Bored Panda:

"I was at a gig standing near the back, and I noticed a small woman dancing behind me who clearly couldn't see the band because of all the tall people around. This gave me the idea to try to solve that problem."

"Also, I think we've all been at the cinema and someone big sits in front and blocks the view, this device could help, as long as you don't block the view of the person behind you!"

The glasses include a smaller mirror positioned upwards at a 45-degree angle towards a large mirror, which points outwards.

He added:

"I did have about five attempts at making the finished object. I cut my finished design out of a sheet of mirrored plastic then very carefully heated and bent the parts into the correct angles to reflect the light from up high, down to the eyes and I quite enjoyed working out how to make this quite unusual and functional object from one single sheet."

"It took about a week of thinking, testing, failing, more testing, etc to go from a doodle to the end piece."

Wilcox's creation isn't available for purchases yet. But it was shown at the Extraordinary Solutions to everyday Problems exhibit at the D&AD Festival in London last month.

Wilcox studied at London's Royal College of Art. He told the Mirror:

"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."