PERISCOPE GLASSES: Seeing a way above for the vertically challenged


London, United Kingdom



If you are a shorter person, having less wiggle room in the stature department can present challenges in daily life. Whether it is looking for and getting hold of things on high supermarket shelves or trying to peer over the counter as you order your extra frothy latte, it does not help to be constantly reminded that it is not a world made for the vertically challenged. And let’s not get started on festivals – just music blaring to the sights of bobbing heads and dancing torsos. Not so great.

However, a ‘weird’ inventor has come up with an almost implausible, yet simple, functional solution to height deficiency issues. Introducing the ‘Periscope Glasses’, also known as the One Foot Taller. Conceived by British inventor-artist Dominic Wilcox, the One Foot Taller makes use of the same concept as the periscopes found in submarines. A system of mirrors and lenses helps to reflect light from higher objects down to the viewer’s eye level. As the name of the device suggests, the glasses add one foot (30.5 cm) on to the wearer’s eye level, or in other words, it is as if you shot up another foot. Almost literally standing on the shoulders of giants.

person using telescope
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Wilcox was inspired to create the One Foot Taller after observing a tiny concert-goer trying to enjoy the tunes on offer. Wilcox said: “I was standing at a gig and turned to see a small woman dancing away but unable to see the band. This gave me the inspiration to design a way for people to see over obstacles such as tall people like me”.

“It works well, though dancing with it on might be a challenge!”

He created OFT using a single sheet of metallised acrylic bent to certain precise measurements, mainly with the help of a 45-degree bend. The OFT has two mirrors, one larger than the other, which work in conjunction to bend light from above to the viewer. The brief for the glasses was inspired also by a request by Microsoft’s Surface division, who challenged inventors to come up with extraordinary solutions for everyday problems.

Speaking to the Mirror newspaper about his drive to invent, Wilcox explained: “Some people get their thrills from bungee jumping or scoring a winning goal at Wembley, but I get mine from coming up with creative ideas.

“Creativity is important because the world has many problems and challenges, and we need a lot more people with creative solutions to solve them.

“I think that everyone can become more creative and increase their ability to think up new ideas.

“Creativity is just a particular way of thinking that can be learned and practised like any other skill.”

The One Foot Taller periscope spectacles have already been shown to a curious public at the Extraordinary Solutions to everyday Problems exhibit at D&AD Festival, held last month (May 2019) in London, England. The invention has also generated interest from the media, including more eclectic publishers such as LADbible, from where this article was drawn from. You can see the invention as is by clicking on the links in Sources below.



LADbible, Facebook, Facebook Inc.

“Inventor Creates Periscope Glasses So You Can See Over Tall People At Gigs” – Claire Reid, LADbible/LADbible Group (8 June 2019)

“One Foot Taller Periscope glasses” – Dominic Wilcox


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