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Chameleon-eye glasses

Freeing mankind from the tyranny of binocular vision.
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This is a pair of sturdy Buddy-Holly-type black frame glasses. To the center of each lens I’ve attached a tube containing a fiber optic bundle. Each tube is flexible enough to be directed into nearly any direction, while retaining the position once bent. Allows the wearer to look straight ahead with one eye, while observing to the side with the other.

In an automated version, a remote control unit worn on a finger tip commands actuators to swivel the tubes without the wearer having to touch them.
pluterday, Mar 02 2003


       Popular with the girls: apply mascara without a mirror, secretly check out the hunks and get a headache on demand.
FarmerJohn, Mar 02 2003

       You'd have to modify your brain to be able to correctly interpret such a split-field view.
wayne606, Mar 02 2003

       [wayne606] I think what happens is that visual dominance would tend to shift from eye to eye, depending upon what was most interesting. With constant use, the brain would plastically self-modify so that you could see both views at once. That’s the theory, anyway. I’m still looking for a volunteer...
pluterday, Mar 02 2003

       I'll do it.   

       I think after you got used to it, it'd work all right. See, the way our eyes work, that's all we know. I don't think it would take very long.
galukalock, Mar 02 2003

       I've always been quite fascinated at how lizards and things are able to stare off at different angles; curious as to how it looks from their perspective. Are the images side-by-side, overlapped, not intermingled at all with two separate vision centers?   

       There was an interesting study awhile back where a guy wore glasses that modified his vision to be up-side-down. He was all thumbs the first week or so, but gradually got used to it. Once he removed them, he had to re-adjust again. I'm curious that if given long enough, whether you'd completely adapt.   

       Fascinating stuff.
RayfordSteele, Mar 02 2003

       [RayfordSteele] The adaptation that must occur here is somewhat greater that with the inversion experiment, since one half of each eye is hard wired to only one hemisphere. I have no doubt that the brain can manage the adaptation, at least in childhood. However, it might later be entirely irreversible.

You can get an idea of what independent fields are like by looking at things in your peripheral vision, since there is no overlap between the far left and far right fields. There doesn’t seem to be any competition for dominance – I can clearly see different objects in both fields at the same time without effort.
pluterday, Mar 02 2003


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