Wish You Could Block Out Screens? Well, Now You Can!

Have you ever wished you could block out all the intrusive, blaring screens around you? Like when you’re standing at a gas pump, and you can’t peel your eyes away from the pointless little TV above the pump. Or when you’re in a bar trying to have a conversation, but your eyes keep wandering up toward a colorful flashing screen, as if magnetized? There are even screens now in the back of NYC taxis, and good luck getting those to turn off.

We have to face it: we’re surrounded!

Even if you try to avoid screens throughout most of your day, there are always rogue ones that tend to command (ahem, demand) at least a sizable chunk of your attention. And when you’re trying to cultivate a greater sense of mindfulness and presentness in spite of technology, these screens probably drive you to distraction.

 


 

You’re not alone.

Lots of people are getting sick of having technology intrude in on our daily lives. In fact, there’s a new global collective developing around the movement. They call themselves IRL—yes, as in the popular text acronym “in real life”.

The average American spends over 3 hours staring at their smartphone each day and between four and five hours watching television a day—sometimes at the same time. It can be hard to change when there’s a screen at every turn, so IRL has actually created screen-blocking glasses!

Screen-Blocking Glasses to the Rescue!

They’re called IRL Glasses, and they completely block out LCD and LED screens. If you look at a screen with the glasses on, it appears completely blank. Isn’t that glorious?!

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Wondering how they work? It’s actually pretty simple. They use horizontal polarized optics—essentially, they use the same polarized lenses as in your sunglasses, but they just flip them horizontally.

Due to the nature of the lens, it blocks different wavelengths of light in this rotated position. Conveniently, these are the wavelengths emitted by LED and LCD screens! That means they black out most TVs and even certain computer screens.

Unfortunately, IRL hasn’t been able to block out smartphone screens (they’re a bit more complicated) or digital billboards just yet (these are OLED screens), but they’re working on it.

Sound like something you could use? Good news, you can grab these glasses for yourself (and your whole family) through IRL’s current Kickstarter campaign! Even better news: their Kickstarter has already reached their goal—and there are still over three weeks to go in their fundraising efforts! That means there’s a lot of eager interest and a lot of potential for this anti-tech technology.

Even if you don’t grab your own pair of IRL Glasses, it’s nice to be reminded that we don’t have to consume or trust all the technology around us. We can filter out the incessant noise, if we want to—and find a sliver of mindfulness and peace.

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36 comments

Alice L
Alice L3 days ago

Thanks for sharing

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Jan S
Jan S2 months ago

thank you

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R5 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R5 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R5 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R5 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Amanda M
Amanda M6 months ago

WHAT is the point of those stupid TV screens at the gas pumps? Our newest AC&T has them on their gas pumps now, and they're freaking ANNOYING! I'd rather chat with the person next to me than watch that stupid jabber, and since I can usually only afford to pay $15 or $20 at a time (and then I have to make that amount last a week because of our deep blue collar income!), I have to keep an eye on the cash counter on the pump (yes, I know I had to pre-pay first, but it's principle). The ones in the fast-food places (when we can afford to go out) are easier to ignore.

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Chad A
Chad Anderson6 months ago

Thank you.

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Teresa W
Teresa W6 months ago

good point, Renata

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Teresa W
Teresa W6 months ago

thanks

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