Retro-Reflectivity...

Reflectacles bounce light directly back to the point of origin. When the light source is close in proximity to the lens of the camera, the frames will be illuminated.  Same is true if there is a light source near one’s eyes (i.e. automobile headlights).  The retro-reflectivity of the frames makes them visible to night drivers and also confuses the exposure of light emitting cameras. 

Distance & Direction...

Typically the farther away Reflectacles are from a camera, the more obscured they will appear with reflected light. The sweet spot for maximum reflection seems to be about five to fifty feet from the camera/light source.  In terms of conspicuity, a driver would see the frames reflecting from at least a block away.

While looking directly at the camera would make for the largest possible reflection, looking straight ahead while walking down a sidewalk will bounce plenty enough light to obscure the face on the average infrared CCTV camera.

Ambient Light...

The less ambient light, the larger the reflection. An image taken in direct sunlight with the flash on will not have much effect. A flashed image/video in total darkness can create light streaks that stretch across the whole frame.

Cameras…

Reflectacles are intended for the ubiquitous cameras:  everyone’s mobile device, the infrared CCTV cameras on every block, etc.  More complex cameras with large exposure sensors or off axis-lighting will not have the same effect.

Safety and Visibility…

Whether on a bicycle, motorcycle or just out on a night jog, being seen is critical for personal safety when on the road.  Reflectacles alert drivers of one’s presence from many hundreds of feet away.  Being visible on the road is now more crucial than ever as it seems it is common practice to text while driving, especially when at a momentary pause at intersections where most accidents occur (Please don’t use your phone while driving).

Construction…

Reflectacles are made from solid blocks of clear cellulose acetate and are CNC machined to the design specifications.  This means precision, durability and adjustability.  The temples have solid wire cores to allow the ends to be easily bent for a proper fit.  Spring hinges were selected to allow for a wide variety of head widths.  They were designed to allow for lens interchangeability and any optical shop could make Rx lenses for the frames.

Facial Recognition (FACREC)...

3-Dimensional facial mapping technology (where all FACREC is heading) will comprehend your face as a light source rather than a face while wearing these frames.  Your Iphone X cannot be unlocked while wearing these frames at night or in bright daylight.  Reflectacles bounce back the emitted IR beams to confuse the Atificially Intelligent algorithms.

 

For more information see the funded 2016 Kickstarter.