A 'Winter Blues' remedy. Even when
summer comes there are still weeks at a time when sun refuses to
grace us with its presence and the clouds throw a bucket or two of
water around. The effect worsens if one of those dull and wet weeks
happens to coincide with a holiday or day out.
Introducing Electric Sun Glasses. This innovative idea may help
to take some of the heartache out of the typical British dull
holiday. The glasses, marketeted under the name of 'SunnySpecs', are expected to bring relief and
happiness not only to Britons but also to millions foreign people
all over Northern Europe, where the weather can be even worse than
it is here. In addition to being useful on holiday, they can also
be worn by those who like to wear sun glasses on days so dark that
mid-day looks like twilight. Whatever the reason for this is, i.e.
hay fever, hangover or just plain poser value, it is for sure that
the day is going to look a lot more dismal than it really is. Even
quite bright days will look dreary and must lead to depression in
Brighten up life with the flick of a
switch. This new invention consists of a miniature boom
added to the nose bridge of the standard sunglasses. The boom
angles upwards to keep it out of the line of sight. On the end of
the boom, also out of the line of sight, is a torch bulb. Wires run
back down the boom, along the frame, behind the ear and eventually
to a battery pack via a 'Bright Sun/Dim Sun' control. The close
proximity of the glowing bulb to the eyes will make it appear as if
the Sun is shining from above.
The frames and boom, complete with bulb housing, will only be
available in black initially. However, it is rumoured that mind
blowing tortoiseshell models will be produced in time for the even
gloomier winter months.
Hoteliers are enthusiastic about the
invention. They plan to sell, or in some cases gladly give,
'Sunnyspecs' to guests who are miserable,
cantankerous and generally difficult to please because of poor
holiday weather. To overcome the problem of rain, the manufacturers
will also soon be applying the concept of artificial sunshine to
the inside of an umbrella! This will be simply achieved by
incorporating the bulb, probably a Halogen one for extra
brightness, into the umbrella canopy. The user will then be
afforded dryness as well as pseudo sunshine. Certainly a bonus to
any British holiday.
Disco models. Future models of
'SunnySpecs' will include the additional
setting for running the bulb in 'Strobe
Mode' for use in Disco's. Some criticism has been mounted
against this idea because of the danger of poking a dance partner
in the eye with the protruding boom. To overcome this the
manufacturer has put forward plans to include a miniature air bag
that inflates at the end of the boom on poke impact.
Baseball caps. Another concern about
use in Disco's is that if the partner is wearing a baseball cap the
right way round the boom could get under the peak and hook the cap
off. It may end up hanging on the end of the boom as if on a coat
peg. It is feared that under these circumstances the 'SunnySpecs' wearer might suffer an epileptic fit due
to the enclosed stroboscopic effect of the light. The manufacturer
maintains that this is not a problem since people who go to Disco's
never wear their baseball caps the right
way round anyway.
Summertime simulation. The
'SunnySpecs pack' will contain a spare
battery, a bulb and some waterproof black silhouette shapes of the
more commonplace items such as coke cans, teapots, cups and
handbags etc. These are designed to take the place of shadows and
are for the holidaymaker who refuses to give up and go home from
the seaside even though the weather is abysmal.
Usage. The advertising literature
suggests that on such days the holidaymaker should put on a warm
coat and the 'SunnySpecs' sunglasses.
Whilst enjoying an alfresco snack the control should be turned to
'Bright Sun' (or 'Wide Smile') to brighten
the day. Use the cut-out shapes to enhance the illusion of
sunshine. Examine the objects in the vicinity, search through
shadow pack and arrange the appropriate shapes next to them.
Care choosing the correct shadow is important because a handbag
would look very peculiar casting a teapot shadow etc. Also the
shadows should all face the same way. It must be decided where the
real sun might be if it was shining and the shadows placed away
from that direction. If the Sun should come out, the 'SunnySpecs' sunglasses can be turned off and the
artificial shadows removed. When the Sun goes back in simply set
the whole lot up again.
A word about the 'non-cool' look. The
manufacturers realise that users may feel they look silly whilst
wearing 'SunnySpecs'. They counter this
by pointing out just how daft cycle helmets looked at first. Some
models look like an opened up rugby ball perched on the head. Even
though the helmets still look daft they are now accepted as normal.
It is anticipated that the same acceptance will apply to
'SunnySpecs' in time. Maybe a lot of
Where to buy. It has been noticed by
the 'SunnySpecs' maker that supermarkets
sell glasses that work at affordable prices. It is therefore
expected that these will be the main outlet. Anyone that sells
flimsy bits of plastic or metal that go under the name of 'designer
frames' costing £70-00 or even £120-00 is not
likely to be invited to stock 'SunnySpecs'. 'SunnySpecs'
will be on those unstable revolving display units soon. Buy quickly
to avoid the disappointment of them being out of stock due to heavy