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What Are Bed Prism Spectacles?
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What Are Bed Prism Spectacles?

The Upside Down World Experiment.

I saw something the other day that reminded me of an experiment I had seen on TV, many moons ago. It was a demonstration of the weirdest eye-wear I've ever seen! They consisted of a pair of spectacles on which were mounted either mirrors or prisms. I'm not sure which now, but the result would have been similar, I think.

Up is Down and Down is Up!

The effect they had on the wearer was to turn everything he saw upside down. The sky was DOWN and the floor beneath his feet was UP! It must have been very disorientating for the brave volunteer. Imagine how you would feel if everything you saw was inverted. Why brave? Well, this wasn't a quick experiment to see how he coped in the short term. Oh no. This courageous gentleman had to wear these spectacles, night and day, for several weeks!

Accident prone.

At first he was lead around to avoid accidents like tripping over his own feet - which he saw above his head, which was where his feet used to be. After a few days he began to be able to walk without falling over or bumping into the furniture, or trees if he was really brave and ventured outdoors! After a few weeks he could walk around, confidently without mishap or collision and began to lead a normal life again. Well, normal apart from the incredulous looks and stares of passersby and the really quite hurtful, comments. But he persevered in the name of Science.

Game over.

The experiment was eventually over and it was deemed a great success. It had proved that the brain could adjust to what the eyes were telling it. It could learn to make the corrections necessary for the person to see things the right way up again. Shaking of hands and pats on the back, all around, no doubt. 'Well done old chap. You can take off those ridiculous glasses now.' said the chief scientist. The glasses were removed and our brave volunteer blinked and promptly fell over the nearest chair! They helped him to his feet and tried to shake his hand, but he missed every time. They went left and he went right. They went up and his hand went down. They had to grasp his arm and guide his hand in the right direction to complete the formalities.

The amazing brain.

It turned out that his brain was so effective at correcting what was UP and what was DOWN that without wearing the spectacles everything was, to him, UPSIDE DOWN again! Apparently it took several more weeks for him to revert back to normal once again and to stop ducking under fallen logs and stepping over low hanging tree branches!

That rings a bell!

What had reminded me about this crazy experiment and the foolhardy volunteer (and I don't know if he volunteered to be the Guinea Pig ever again) was a new product for watching TV. Well for watching TV lying in bed, prone, head pointing up to the ceiling, that is.

A pain in the neck!

Ever been there? I'm sure you have. You go to bed to watch the end of that favorite TV show, lay down, can't see the screen, prop yourself up, slide down the bed and end up with a crick in the neck!

The New Bed Prism Spectacles!

This new product, which could almost been a direct descendant of our fearless volunteer's world-inverting eyewear, is also a pair of glasses with built-in prisms! No, they don't turn everything upside down, but they do allow you to see in the direction of your feet - while your head is pointed straight forward.

Great for TV viewing in bed

I don't suppose too many of us would want to spend the evening looking at our feet, but with the bedroom TV probably on the wall or on a cabinet at the foot of the bed, they do allow you to view it without having to sit up or bend your head forwards. Brilliant! What a simple but effect device. No more neck ache watching that TV show in bed.

Wonderful for reading in bed too!

Possibly by the time you've got into bed and put on your crazy Bed Prism Glasses, you may have missed that favorite TV show. How annoying! You may decide to read a book instead. Same problem. You have to sit up or lay down. Laying down, with the book held above your head, your arms will soon ache and you'll probably drop the book and lose your place. Newspapers are even trickier to read when you are lying down as they need to be held aloft and the pages keep flopping down. The bigger the paper the more it does it! This is hopeless...

Put on those Bed Prism Spectacles.

Now, even though your face is pointing straight up toward the ceiling, you can lay down in bed with the book or newspaper resting on your chest and read every word in complete comfort. No more achy arms or dropped books again. No more lost places. Reading that hardback book or e-reader in bed becomes even more enjoyable. Just prop it up on your tummy, lie back and relax! They really do make bedtime reading or TV viewing easy, convenient and comfortable.

But take care when you do take them off again.

If you do enjoy reading books or watching TV in bed don't wear bed prism spectacles for too long or, when you do finally take them off, you may wonder where your feet have gone!


Street Talk

Very interesting product!

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  about 9 years ago

I think these are such a kool little gagets, i really want a pair. They would be perfect for watching films in bed. No more neck ache, thank you for opening my eyes to them.

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  about 9 years ago

These thing are so cool, what an idea thanks for bring these to light....

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  about 9 years ago

You're welcome. I keep finding new uses for them. Check my new article on SA.

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  about 9 years ago

What a neat invention. Thanks for introducing this!

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  about 9 years ago
Dom Wells  

I am seriously thinking about getting some of these, are they easy to get hold of?

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  about 9 years ago

They are really good aren't they Dom? Click on the one of the links for purchase information.

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  about 9 years ago
S. Gray  

I try not to watch T.V. too much anymore but I do love reading while in bed, mostly when I wake up in the morning. My question is, if everything you see through those prism glasses is upside down how can you comprehend what you're reading?

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  about 9 years ago

That's the 'magic' of Prism Mirrors. Your view with Bed Prism Glasses is actually the right way up! Try holding a normal mirror at 45 degrees in front of your eyes and THAT will be an upside down view! But with these glasses everything is the right way up. Clever eh?

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  about 9 years ago
S. Gray  

It seems clever and unique.

  
  about 9 years ago

These sound interesting. The only price i saw was $97.00 which seems a little steep to me.

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  about 9 years ago

Under $20 if you follow the 2nd link above. Probable not the highest quality but at that price almost 'disposable'!

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks Geoffrey. I've made a Squidoo Lens on this topic which you might find of interest:. Search Squidoo for Bed Prism Glasses and you should see it.

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  about 9 years ago

Hi Doug, My wish to you is a very good morning and the next parts of the day. This is a very interesting article and I enjoyed it. Thank you very much.

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  about 9 years ago

Glad you found it of interest Geoffrey

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  about 9 years ago
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