Kickstarting Reflectacles: super-reflective glasses-frames that look amazing
Scott Urban's new Reflectacles glasses are Ray Ban-style frames that are embedded with the kind of retroreflective cat-eye materials used for highway markers, making them reflective at 500 yards at night, and nearly that visible by day. He's kickstarting them at an astoundingly cheap $85/pair, in seven colors.
I've been wearing and writing about Urban's frames for more than a decade, ever since I noticed his hand-carved frames, and then discovered the other handmade glasses he was experimenting with: like glasses made from old beer bottles ("beer goggles!"); vinyl records; and bicycle gears.
Last spring, Urban got in touch with me about this project and asked if I'd test-drive a pair. I enthusiastically agreed, and took delivery of a pair of retroreflective safety orange frames that I've worn nearly constantly since. People in eight cities have stopped me on the street to ask where they could get their own pair, and they were the hit of the playa at Burning Man this year -- they turned out especially great in the dark, catching the ambient light of the art cars and the flashes on peoples' cameras.
The design and construction of Urban's glasses reflect his long experience in custom frames, with soldered/thermally fused hinges, adjustable temples and clever, comfortable nosepads.
The price includes non-prescription tinted lenses. I have a pretty complicated prescription, so I've ordered two pairs, and I'll get my optometrist to make tinted and clear lenses for them. Urban is planning delivery in June 2017.
Reflectacles - Reflective Eyewear and Sunglasses [Scott Urban/Kickstarter]
The whole magic community mourns the passing of Eugene Burger, at age 78. One of the most influential magicians of the 20th century, as well as an exceptional human being, he will be sorely missed by a vast network of loving friends, students and fans all the world over. The impact of Eugene’s contribution to […]
Back in 2011, The New York Review of Books inducted Daniel Pinkwater’s classic Lizard Music into its canon with a handsome little hardcover edition; today they follow that up with a stylish, jazzy paperback, priced to move at $10.
My Walkaway book-tour is basically over, but I’m taking a little victory lap tonight at my local library, the Buena Vista Branch of the Burbank Public Library. Hope to see you there!
The Pry.Me Bottle Opener holds tens of thousands of times its own weight, and you can pick one up now from the Boing Boing Store.This remarkable keychain is considerably smaller than any of your keys, but don’t let that fool you: it can easily open any bottle, and could even tow a trailer full of […]
Guaranteeing your privacy online goes way beyond checking the “Do Not Track” option in your browser’s settings. To ensure that your internet activity is totally hidden from Internet Service Providers, advertisers, and other prying eyes, take a look at Windscribe’s VPN protection. It usually costs $7.50 per month, but you can get a 3-year subscription […]
This project management bundle will help you get organized and learn how to lead a team to success. You can pay what you want for these five courses when you pick them up from the Boing Boing Store.To help you become an invaluable asset for your company, this bundle includes a curated collection of professional […]