Monday, December 22, 2008

Glasses for the masses

Do it yourself eyeglasses prescription.

What if it were possible, he thought, to make a pair of glasses which, instead of requiring an optician, could be "tuned" by the wearer to correct his or her own vision? Might it be possible to bring affordable spectacles to millions who would never otherwise have them?

More than two decades after posing that question, Silver now feels he has the answer. The British inventor has embarked on a quest that is breathtakingly ambitious, but which he insists is achievable - to offer glasses to a billion of the world's poorest people by 2020.

Awesome hack.  When can I buy a pair?

Here is a plan, Stan.  Make the frame stylish.  Market them online at the same time you're selling them to the masses of poor in Bangladesh.

I can easily see paying $40 a pair - and I'm a cheapskate.
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