Is it finally time to get rid of all screens?
Americans spend an average of 11 hours a day looking at screens, according to the New York Times. It seems there is no escape if you live in a city.
If only there was a way to block out these ubiquitous, unwanted screens…
Lucky for you, with an innovative product called IRL Glasses, you can literally block out screens.
When you wear these “ad blocking” glasses, LCD and LED screens are completely blocked out and appear, to the wearer, to be blank.
IRL Glasses achieve this blockage via horizontal polarized optics. Essentially, by flattening and rotating a polarized lens 90 degrees, the light emitted from LCD and LED screens is blocked. As a result, it appears as if the billboard, TV, or computer in front of you is off.
It is important to note that IRL glasses do not block out traditional smartphone screens and some digital billboards because they use OLED screens.
I find it surprising that the technology has not yet been adapted to filter out smartphones, as they are, arguably the largest distraction that we encounter on a daily basis.
The creators of the glasses mention that they were made in part to help reestablished human connection in the digital age.
When screens are present, I sometimes find it hard to concentrate due to the stimulating colors and movements that are seemingly impossible to look away from. I would love to give these glasses a try to see if they truly do reduce the amount of distractions in an urban or city environment.
IRL Glasses are currently available via Kickstarter, and they retail for $79.