Inventor Creates Periscope Glasses So Shorter People Can See At Gigs

Ben HaywardJune 13th

Why is it that no matter how carefully you plot your position at a gig, some 6ft 6” bloke always manages to park himself right in front of you?

Well, thanks to one man, the days of standing on your tiptoes or sitting on your mate’s shoulders just to see the stage could be over. 

Inventor Dominic Wilcox has made the 'One Foot Taller' glasses, a pair of periscope glasses that let you see right over the heads of the less vertically challenged people in front of you. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best ones.


Dom’s glasses add one foot (or 30.5cm) to the wearer's normal eye-level, giving those of a shorter stature a never-before-experienced perspective of leaving a gig without neck ache from straining to see.

Talking about the inspiration behind his invention Dominic 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!"


Dominic created his innovative specs using one sheet of mirrored acrylic manipulated into a precise 45-degree bend, ensuring the smaller mirror reflects the larger one.

The glasses were designed after Microsoft Surface challenged inventors to come up with 'extraordinary solutions' for 'everyday problems' and to be fair you have to admit that Dominic has pretty much nailed the brief there. 

Speaking to the Mirror about the creative process, Dominic said: "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. Some of my ideas develop from observations on human behaviour and I express them through the objects I create.”

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