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Special Glasses Forces Gamers to Blink

Japan's Masunaga Optical Manufacturing has devised a set of glasses--the Wink Glasses--specifically focused on gamers who thrive on three-day marathon sessions. Costing around $150 (15,750 yen) and slated for an August 10 release in Japan, the glasses literally forces the wearer to blink to avoid eyestrain.

According to Impress Watch, a sensor mounted on the right arm monitors eye blinking and limits the open-eye state to 5-second intervals. If the eyes go beyond the limit, the sensor blocks the eyes by fogging up the attached glass panel until the player is forced to blink.

The Wink Glasses can hold an eight-hour charge, however the specs can also acquire electrical juice by plugging into the PC's USB port.

Although MOM's motives behind the glasses are admirable, it's a wonder if anyone will actually purchase the specs willingly. Still, glasses mounted with the air-blowing device (for glaucoma tests) used at the eye doctor would be more effective than simple fog.

  • ethanolson
    Is it that funky LCD fogging technology that's instant? If not, they're worthless.
  • maigo
    I was hoping it was something better than 'blink or we won't let you see', something like a little led in your peripheral vision that triggered a blink reflex
  • grieve
    It is pretty sad when you are SOOO focused you forget to blink. I put some serious game time in and have had eye strain but i just couldnt imagine wearing these glases.

    I bet Masunaga is already working on the defibrillator vest...

    Sry but these clases are dumb.
  • brendano257
    $ could get a strobe light and mod it to blink only every 5 seconds, that ought to make you blink. Or a mechanical arm that swings 1" from your eye? Just as easy, if not cheaper XD I don't see the point....
  • "Sry but these clases are dumb."

    Brilliant statements on the interwebs. People get extremely focused, I work in computer programming and the eye strain can be very irritating if you continuously stare at the screen for too long. It isn't that you "forget" to blink, but rather you are starting to become accustomed to what you are looking at, and since most areas where you are near computers are going to be well air-conditioned and decent levels of humidity, your eyes are bothered less frequently than when you are up and walking, your eyes don't receive any stimulus to warrant your body registering a blink. I think the fog is a rather stupid way of going about this, but a LED light could lead to more retina damage and lead to lawsuits, and so could a blast of air into your eye. This isn't the most effective way of doing things, but it gets the job done.

    As for who will be wearing these, I'm sure they'll become required in many computer-intensive employers. Simple $150 investment can reduce the amount of insurance employers need to pay out for prescription glasses, and will undoubtedly increase productivity since your eyes will not become as strained working for extended periods of time on computers.
  • aspireonelover
    I blink, and yet, I still get a little bit of eyestrain from playing games.
  • Honis
    I want to point out 2 excellent posts above me, requiemschism09 and ethanolson.

    I'd use these at work since I am on a daily basis sitting infront of a monitor for 8-9 hours of work and then 3-4 hours at night gaming and working on personal projects. All assuming the fog was instant on/off.
  • ckthecerealkiller
    Why not just pay someone $20 to poke you in the eye if you don't blink enough. Much cheaper.
  • jacobdrj
    ckthecerealkillerWhy not just pay someone $20 to poke you in the eye if you don't blink enough. Much cheaper.You gonna pay someone to watch and make sure those guys wash their hands after they go to the bathroom too?
  • buzznut
    No way! This is a supremely stupid idea. If this is "for gamers", its never gonna sell. Would you buy these glasses or a new video card?

    New games cost $60 a pop. Unless you make it cheaper than that, we're not buyin em.