I'm not sure if I'd be showing my age if I admit that the Kickstarter video for Spectracles" came as a complete surprise to me—I clicked through the link in the e-mail by co-founder Tom Berry mostly because of the mesmerizing GIF (linked below), thinking that the dual-lens concept was intended as a twist on sunglasses, safety eyewear or even bifocals... So let's just say that the video heavily suggests the novelty potential of the Coolbeams' first product:
The design takes advantage of the symmetrical teardrop shape of each individual lens, where the gear mechanism rotates them into mirror images of themselves (the result looks more or less the same as traditional clip-on shades). See the .gif—too large to embed at nearly 4MB—here.
No gigawatts required!
Berry and fellow Stanford product design student Will Atwood have surpassed their modest Kickstarter goal of $3,000, so you have just under three weeks to become one of the first lucky nu-ravers to get your hands on a pair of sweet new specs for the summer.