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4 high-tech gadgets that don’t mix with glasses

Posted on 2015/04/21 at 2:46 pm by Galit G

It’s the year 2015 and the average Canadian lives with a fairly sophisticated level of technology. In addition to the smartphones and the laptops, the everyday conveniences afforded by our network of high-tech electronics are sometimes so obvious today that you can hardly spot the forest through the trees. When technology works correctly, it’s nothing short of a dream.

When it doesn’t, it’s closer to a nightmare. A broken smartphone screen or faulty wireless connection can turn your daily routine into a series of annoying tasks. Sometimes, the fault isn’t even with your electronics at all. If you wear glasses, you probably know that certain devices today don’t mesh well with wearable tech. Check out these four gadgets that have a major malfunction with glasses.

1. Bluetooth earpieces
The mark of the eminent businessman has changed over the years. It used to be a ledger or a scroll of parchment, but those objects have been replaced by the power suit and the Bluetooth earpiece. Everyone’s seen that guy walking around the supermarket chatting away to himself, but he’s not crazy – he’s just doubling his efficiency. If only he could put one in each ear!

You might not even be able to put one in if you wear glasses. Most earpieces come with a small attachment that rests around the curve of your ear, and your glasses will only irritate your skin even more than usual.

2. Noise-cancelling headphones
If you travel a lot, you should invest in a decent pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Most noise-cancelling headphones block out the lower sounds of the spectrum humans can hear, which makes it easier for many people to fall asleep on planes, buses or places with lots of conversation. The headphones emit a negative frequency to cancel out certain sounds, and it requires a total seal from external audio sources.

If you wear glasses, you eliminate the majority of top-of-the-line noise-cancelling headphones. Over-the-ear variants offer the most damping power, but glasses could push them off your face and disrupt the device’s primary function. You could grab a pair of in-ear headphones, but these can be uncomfortable and most are of a lesser quality than ones that cover your entire ear.

3. 3-D glasses
Ask your friends whether or not they like their movies in 3-D or regular 2-D and see what they say.

But guess what? 3-D movies aren’t going away anytime soon. Business Insider explained that the number of flicks that incorporated 3-D technology has been increasing steadily over the years. In 2005, only four were released. Four years later, that number quintupled to 20 and then almost doubled again in 2012. Not only that, but 3-D movies are also massively profitable. Of the highest-grossing films released in 2012, nine out of the top 15 were 3-D flicks.

You’d better get used to more of your favorite cinematic franchises popping off the screen, but this’ll be a hard transition if you wear glasses. You can try to put the 3-D lenses over your frames, but most movie theaters don’t spend much on these plastic units. Some come with sharp edges or unsanded surfaces, so they may press against your skin until you’ve forgotten what the movie’s about.

4. Virtual reality headsets
If you consider yourself a gamer, you’ve probably been keeping tabs on Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset that provides an immersive 360-degree field of vision as if you were in the video game itself. Tom’s Guide explained that the Oculus Rift headset is essentially a large pair of ski goggles with a screen for each eye instead of lenses.

Naturally, this setup can cause some problems if you wear glasses. Oculus VR, the developer of the headset, told customers that not all glasses will fit inside the headset. Early non-consumer prototypes included three sets of lenses at varying depths to accommodate as many differently sized glasses as possible, but larger frames might not have the clearance. Additionally, the headset must be worn flush to the skin, so the arms of your glasses will be digging into before you know it.

There’s one piece of technology that is absolutely essential to glasses, though – LASIK. Without cumbersome frames to wear in conjunction with high-tech gadgets, you’re free to enjoy the conveniences of life without the hassle of prescription lenses. Check out your nearest LASIK office and enter the 21st century with a high-tech procedure to go along with your TV and smartphone.

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