Experiencing Information Overload? These Glasses Make Screens Look Black

IRL Glasses, Kickstarter
IRL Glasses, Kickstarter

Resolving to limit your screen time isn't so easy in 2018. After powering down your phone and shutting off your television, you still have to face the screens installed on streets, in restaurants, and in your office, all blaring information at you nonstop. You may not be able to get the world around you to unplug, but you can limit your digital intake—and it could be as easy as slipping on a pair of sunglasses.

As CNET reports, the IRL Glasses, currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, are designed to block the light from LCD and LED displays. They use a technique called horizontal polarized optics, which involves flattening and rotating a polarized lens 90 degrees. That means when you're wearing them, the digital ad on your street corner, the football game playing at your local bar, and the Netflix show your roommate is watching while you're trying to study all appear black. The specs also double as sunglasses, blocking harmful UV rays.

The product's resemblance to the glasses from a certain 1980s cult film is no coincidence. The team behind IRL Glasses writes on their Kickstarter page that the design is inspired by the John Carpenter movie They Live, in which protagonist John Nada (played by wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper) receives a pair of glasses that reveal the true meanings behind the advertisements that surround him. But the IRL glasses won't work on every screen you encounter; because they only block LCD and LED light, you can still see smartphones and digital billboards through them.

After launching the Kickstarter campaign at the beginning of October, the IRL team has already raised nearly $30,000, exceeding their initial $25,000 goal. You can reserve your pair today with a pledge of $49 or more. Delivery of the glasses is estimated for April 2019.

[h/t CNET]

The UK Wants to Use 'Noise Cameras' to Crack Down on Loud Cars and Bikes

iStock/Ales-A
iStock/Ales-A

Snarled traffic creates more than air pollution. Thanks to modified engines, mufflers, and exhaust systems on cars and motorcycles, congested roadways can become symphonies of belching and rattling. Now, the UK government is looking to do something about it.

According to the BBC, the Department for Transport is currently testing “acoustic cameras” that will measure the decibel levels of vehicles on public roads. If a microphone detects a vehicle producing an excessive amount of noise, a camera will photograph the source and the owner will be fined.

What defines excessive? That remains to be seen. The UK enacted a law in 2016 limiting new cars to no more than 74 decibels. It's primarily older cars and modified motorbikes that create noise disturbances and prompt complaints from people living nearby.

The trial equipment will also need to prove it can identify one vehicle's noise emissions from another's and single out cars from other possible sources of sound. If the trial results are promising, it's likely the "acoustic cameras" will be policing UK roads in the near future.

[h/t Jalopnik]

This Scented Smart Candle is Fire-Safe and Alexa-Friendly

LuDela
LuDela

Candlelight can do a lot for a room, setting a mood and signaling that it’s time to relax. But not everyone is comfortable with the idea of nursing a tiny flame and melting wax indoors. Technology has provided a solution in the form of the LuDela Perfect Pillar, a smart candle and decorative accent that takes the worry out of a flame-lit atmosphere.

The battery-powered artificial candle generates its flame with refillable liquid paraffin and offers a variety of different scents in the form of SunScent fragrance rings, which you can place on top of the candle to release the scent of your choice. The candle never dims or melts, and you can swap out its fragrance ring at any time to give your home a new scent.

The LuDela Perfect Pillar smart candle starter set
LuDela

The LuDela candle's smart features make it a safer choice than your typical accent candle, especially for homes with small kids or pets. For instance, it has a sensor inside that detects when the device is tilting; if it falls over, the flame is automatically extinguished. You can also turn the candle on and off or create a timed session using the included remote control or your Amazon Alexa. The remote control comes with a child-lock option to prevent little hands from turning the candle on without adult supervision.

You can find the LuDela Perfect Pillar on Amazon, where a starter set with a wax candle fixture, two liquid paraffin refills (which burn for approximately 20 hours each), two fragrance rings, and a remote control goes for $99. Subsequent refill capsules cost $10 per two-pack.

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