The eye strain and resulting damage that often afflicts those who forget to blink while on a gaming marathon or glued to the Internet is a widespread problem. To combat this, Japan’s Masunaga Optical Manufacturing has unveiled Wink Glasses, which feature blink-sensing lenses that start to fog if the wearer neglects to keep their peepers hydrated.
If the lightweight clip-on lens senses that the user has gone for more than five seconds without blinking it will begin to fog, hindering vision until the wearer starts to blink again.
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Wink Glasses run for eight hours on a single charge. Should the user be locked in for a longer session (a practice which surely has its own set of health issues) the lenses can alternatively be connected to a USB power source.
The optical fatigue fighters are due for release in Japan this month and are set to retail for around ¥15,750 (USD$150).
Those curious for a closer look can head to the Masunaga website (translated).
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