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Monochromatic Glasses

The glasses that turn your world black and white.
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Tired of the same old, boring world? Wish your life could be more like a good Humphrey Bogart flick? Well, we can't help you get, and subsequently abandon, that beautiful girl who is far too young for you anyway, but we can do something about all that pesky color.

Imagine, glasses that instantaneously filtered out color, leaving only a beautiful, cinematic black and white. Turn that scary walk to your car into a gritty noir, turn that drunken one night stand into a tasteful arthouse film. With the monochromatic glasses, the possibilities could be endless, sort of.

The glasses work through a system not unlike forms of active camouflage tested in Japan. Small cameras on one side of the lens would capture the image and instantaneously (well, almost) desaturate and project the image onto the other side of the lens.

AndySays, May 08 2008

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[hippo]'s seminal noir idea. [wagster, May 08 2008]

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Although I never had to explain how they might work... [theleopard, May 08 2008]

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       Easy, just embed photoshop into your glasses. Use a liquify filter for that sixties psychedelic effect.
wagster, May 08 2008
  

       embed a variety of quantum dots in the glasses to re-radiate the incoming wavelengths at random colours, so everything comes through as a "shade of white",
FlyingToaster, May 08 2008
  

       If you made the glasses dark enough (ND64?), your vision would naturally revert to monochrome, as the cones are less sensitive at low light levels.
coprocephalous, May 08 2008
  

       Now, apart from taping an LCD display to your head, and tying a laptop to your belt, with the aforementioned photoshop processing a camera image, I thought it might just be possible to do this with a mechanical system. But after a few moments thought, I realised it isn't possible.   

       Anyway, as food for thought, I present it below, even if it won't work:   

       Use 3 colour filters which spin around using a small electric motor so that the eye sees the image through each in turn. I was thinking: Yeah! 3 colours combine to make white, right? Wrong.
Ling, May 08 2008
  

       I wouldn't be surprised if you could find a drug that deactivated the color receptors in your eyes, leaving you with black and white vision.
DrCurry, May 08 2008
  

       I remember my vision went black and white for a few seconds after finishing a time trial.
Ling, May 08 2008
  

       Maybe we could genetically engineer a virus that will selectively destroy the green and blue cones in your eyes, leaving you receptive only to red...
wagster, May 08 2008
  

       //I wouldn't be surprised if you could find a drug that deactivated the color receptors in your eyes, leaving you with black and white vision.//   

       I remember briefly losing "color vision" after a viscious hit in football (helmut to helmut). If I remember correctly it was for a couple of seconds & returned to normal after I shook my head & blinked.
Zimmy, May 08 2008
  

       [Reaches for cosh...]
DrCurry, May 08 2008
  

       I had never told anyone about the loss of color because I didn't think anyone would believe me.   

       I found it is called transient achromatopsia.
Zimmy, May 08 2008
  

       You're essentially describing night-vision goggles without the night-vision. Great idea (+) but requires glasses-sized comfortable to wear head-mounted display (with a good 180 degree field of view) to be practical. You also have the issue of lost focus.   

       Once the HMDs become available, someone will bake this.
cowtamer, Apr 19 2011
  

       If you wore single-colour filters (e.g. red) 24 hours a day, would your brain eventually interpret what it sees as b/w? Like those inverting goggles?
pocmloc, Apr 19 2011
  

       [AndySays] created an account, posted this idea and one anno elsewhere betwixt May 7th and 8th 2008, and was never heard from around these parts again.
normzone, Apr 19 2011
  

       How could he possibly have decided it was a vast waste of time?
sqeaketh the wheel, Apr 20 2011
  
      
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