IRL Glasses Block Screens, Limit Vision To Real Life

Interesting product idea - hell, I'd buy this.


Not too long ago, phones were attached to the wall, TVs weighed as much as refrigerators and computers rivaled minivans in size. Then everything changed. The world has seen an explosion of screens all vying for our attention (Americans spend 11 hours a day looking at screens, NY Times 2018), making it harder and harder to have uninterrupted experiences and genuine human connections.

IRL Glasses put you in the driver's seat to control when and how you engage with screens.

IRL Glasses block LCD/LED screens through horizontal polarized optics...

By flattening and rotating the polarized lens 90 degrees, light emitted by LCD/LED screens is blocked, making it look like the TV or computer in front of you is off.

Science fiction fans may recall the antiholo bracelet generator from The Ophiuchi Hotline, a 1977 novel by John Varley:

It was a small bracelet, stamped with a number to call for repairs. They were leased, not sold, like a computer terminal. They came in a range of prices and models. Some merely held the holos at arm's length. Most Plutonians thought this was enough. If you couldn't see the ads, how would you know what was fashionable?
(Read more about the antiholo generator)

I'd like to point out the pocket-sized ad-blocker from Alan Dean Foster's likable 2006 novel Sagramanda.

Also, here's a clip from the movie They Live, the 1988 John Carpenter film, which inspired the makers of the IRL Glasses.

See the IRL Glasses - Glasses that Block Screens kickstarter site. Thanks to Steven Hoober @shoobe01 for the tip on this item.

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