Designer Creates Periscope Glasses For Shorter People


Dominic Wilcox is a designer based in London. He is making rounds on the Internet because of his periscope glasses. What’s so special about these periscope glasses you ask? The periscope glasses created by Dominic Wilcox will enable the wearer to avail the height advantage.

Wait a minute, back up, what? The periscope glasses, also known as the One Foot Taller glasses, enables the user to observe about 30.5 centimetres taller than their existing eye level. This means that you will be able to enjoy concerts even if you have taller people in front of you!

The glasses come with a small mirror that has been positioned upwards at an angle of forty-five degrees towards a bigger mirror that points outwards. The project kicked off after Dominic Wilcox was given a challenge by Microsoft Surface for solving everyday problems by coming up with creative and extraordinary solutions. He was inspired to create these periscope glasses when he attended a music gig and saw a shorter attendee having trouble in seeing the stage.

Wilcox said, ‘I was standing at a gig and turned to see a small woman dancing away but unable to see the band due to the tall people in front of her. This gave me the idea to design a way for people to see over obstacles such as six-foot-plus people like me,” he added. “It works well, though dancing with it on might be a challenge!’

You cannot buy the pair of glasses that have been created by Wilcox as of yet. However, they have been displayed at the Extraordinary Solutions to Everyday Problems exhibit at D&AD Festival in London held last month. Wilcox has studied at London’s Royal College of Art, and said, ‘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.’