Science fiction tech has long been a source for real-life innovation, but that usually pertains to the fields of communication, weaponry, travel, and medicine. Yeah, those kinds of things are important–we guess–but what about progress in the fields of looking cool and being lazy? That’s what we really need to make our future brighter, though not literally brighter. Which is why these real-life Deus Ex-style autoshade glasses, that slide into place when they detect UV light, are the kind of science fiction come-to-life technology we want to put a spotlight on.
We first learned about these sunglasses at Tech Crunch, and they were made by Yousif Ashoor using a 3D printer. Ashoor said he was inspired to build them after seeing the kind of mechanical augments that the character Adam Jensen has in the game Deus Ex. You can see them in action in the player above, going back and forth from covering his eyes as he turns into and away from the sun.
If you’d like to see what inspired him, and just how cool these glasses really are in comparison, you can see the fictional ones at work at around the 22-second mark here.
What’s really amazing is that he says that he made these glasses on a “whim,” and that they are only in the beginning stages. As of now he has no plans to sell them (boo!), but he might share the design (yay!).
Would you wear these? What other wearable, imaginary tech do you wish was real? Augment our comments below with your thoughts.
Featured Image: Yousif Ashoor