Those who know me know that I’m as blind as a bat!
Diagnosed with lousy vision after all other reasons for me being reguarly knocked unconscious by the swinging door located between our kitchen and lounge room came at a fairly early age. Performing poorly in my early school days, I was just five when investigations in earnest were begun.
Fortunately though, prescription glasses gave me reasonably good vision especially during the day. Contact lenses were an amazing development for me, as all the peripheral vision lost when wearing glasses is suddenly there. Nowadays I wear glasses minimally and contacts most of the day. Glare from the sun, however, is an unavoidable consequence of contacts. Sunglasses therefore are this girl’s best friend!
Ever since my vision problem was diagnosed though, the process of purchasing glasses has been the bane of my life. Invariably the process of selecting suitable frames extends for hours as I sort through the wide assortment on display. Once the attendant assisting realizes how small the bridge of my nose is and how small my face is they start feeling the challenge of coming up with a solution. That’s when the children’s range of frames is presented to me! Extending from five years of age to the present – which today is considerably more than five years of age! – it has boiled down to the same choice – pink or blue!! I kid you not!! It’s totally frustrating!!!
So – when I saw this video of PROTO on a crowdfunding site, my heart gave a little flutter of excitement!
How cool it would be to have a pair of glasses custom fitted to me!
The notion of being able to have a frame created for my unique features of material that was lighter than titanium – cause believe me when you wear the bottle thick glasses that someone like me has to wear, weight does become a serious issue – is really quite awesome.
Just the other day, I stood in front of my son’s 3D printer watching in awe as it did its tricks to create a mould for a product he intends creating from concrete. It was fascinating to see how it created, thin layer by thin layer, a 3D representation of the structure he had designed on his computer. Seeing the finished product which after its many parts are assembled is something I wait for with baited breath.
Seeing the amazing strides achieved by this technology is a reality version of some of those sci-fi novels we keep reading. The advantages and advances being made in the medical field for example, such as this article 3D printers help heart surgeons are inspirational.
Makerspaces, which provide opportunities for members of the public to engage with a range of tools including 3D printers, is a fad sweeping the US. Perhaps it’s not too long before Makerspaces start sprouting up in Australia. Read more about Makerspaces on the American Library Association website: What is a Makerspace? Creativing in the Library.
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