A Danish engineering team has created a pair of innovative shades that are designed to cure seasonal depression by reflecting simulated daylight.
Our mood responds to the weather in a very natural way that is largely beyond our immediate control. While this is certainly a non-life-threatening problem, this type of emotional fluctuation is a major obstruction to productivity and creativity in the workplace and in one’s personal life. Seasonal depression (aka Seasonal Affective Disorder) is very real disease and influences approximately 6% of Americans according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.
To solve this problem, SEQINETIC, a Denmark-based team of engineers, created a pair of concept sunglasses for this largely untreated consumer base. Since many authorities point to light therapy (or balanced spectrum lighting) as a way to neutralize the effects of seasonal depression, SEQINETIC’s product–which has now been successfully funded on Kickstarter–provides a more efficient and portable way to combat the lethargy that people naturally feel when wintertime comes around. The product design is quite straight-forward: a built-in reflector bounces soft white light around the user’s eyes. The glasses therefore improve the user’s mood by reflecting an artificial “daylight” in the top portion of the user’s area of vision. This comforting light is generated by six LEDs, which are 100% UV-free and powered by two AAA batteries.
Check out the Kickstarter pitch video below:
The implications of this work are considerable, for once we take into account how much productivity is wasted when a working individual feels depressed, this design becomes a huge money-saver. In addition, solving a serious medical concern using an innovative device, rather than a pill or other common treatment for depression, is potentially more sustainable and certainly less invasive.
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