Product: Glasses
Flip Vision   (+2, -2)  [vote for, against]
I know, lame name

If I hold a magnifying glass at arm's length, the image is flipped, and clear. It shouldn't be too hard to shape a lens that you get and inverted image right by your eye. That way, the floor is on the top and vice versa. This would make just about everything to harder to do, but then you have the bragging rights of saying you can do things upsidedown. These might be better as goggles, so you don't get the conflicting peripheral vision.
-- finrod, May 28 2005

here's something for you finrod. do you have fincones too? http://www.physlink...skExperts/ae353.cfm
[po, May 28 2005]

George Stratton did it first http://www.cns.nyu....pers/Damian_SPF.pdf
But these guys reversed left/right only [Ling, May 30 2005]

The human brain is the most complex system in the universe, including the structure of the universe. Newborn babies "see" the world sort of sideways untill their brains get used to it.

So, an experiment went like this: Give a guy a pair of glasses that make him see the world upside down. After a while his brain starts to compensate and he will again see things the "right" way. BUT, then he takes his new glasses of and he sees things upside down!
-- zeno, May 28 2005

Sounds like trying to ride a bicycle with your hands on the opposite sides - you'll probably have some form of accident before "compensating"
-- jwiltsey, May 28 2005

Do you have a link for that [zeno]? Sounds interesting, but kind of pokes a hole right through my idea.
-- finrod, May 28 2005

I can't find the link either, but remember seeing a documentary about what [Zeno]'s talking about, it's clever stuff.
-- neilp, May 28 2005

-- po, May 28 2005

That's cool. Now I really want to try this.

I had to read it twice before I got the pun, [po].
-- finrod, May 28 2005

//The human brain is the most complex system in the universe, including the structure of the universe.//

-- daseva, May 28 2005

fin, a pun? more curiosity.
-- po, May 28 2005

Rods, cones, eyes, [finrod]. There's some bit of humor there. I think. Maybe it's just me.
-- finrod, May 29 2005

I’ll vouch for the experiment. In fourth grade my teacher brought in a pair of “flip glasses” to illustrate the way things appear before your brain ‘back-flips’. I had heard of the experiment and was allowed to try it. It took almost three days of wearing the glasses for things to appear right side up, and about 1-1/2 days to correct. Though interesting to try, it caused painful headaches, and the changes were not immediate. There were several hours where the image would flip back and forth before appearing upright, which I didn’t enjoy. It felt like being cross-eyed and seasick at the same time.
-- Shz, May 29 2005

I am actually undergoing this experiment in a few months with an old high school teacher. Glad to know that someone can vouch for it before I make myself extremely ill, [Shz]! But yes, this is baked...
-- rgovostes, May 30 2005

//But yes, this is baked...//

Awww. Then does anyone know where I could get a pair of these?
-- finrod, May 30 2005

There was a high school professor by the name of James Matiya who was selling these a while back ($40, or $80 for extended peripheral vision). However, I don't think he's still selling them (I recently e-mailed him, will let you know of the outcome).

He claimed to do it with "two inverted prisms", and some research shows that it could be done with a thin enough Dove prism. I also sent an e-mail off to an optics specialist who should be replying by the end of the week. I'll keep in touch with whatever I find out.

As an aside, this is already the first result on google for "flip vision".
-- rgovostes, May 31 2005

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