Feb 27

Goggles let you see the world upside down or reversed

By Ben Coxworth

Reversing Goggles allow you to see the world upside-down or reversed left-to-right

Ever wondered what it would be like to see the world upside-down? And no, just turning your head upside-down doesn’t work. Well, anyhow, these goggles allow you to do just that. If seeing the ground above and the sky below is just a little too out-there for you, though, they can also be adjusted to let you see everything right-side-up, but reversed.

The Reversing Goggles consist of a ventilated plastic housing with an elastic head band, and two plexiglass prisms – one for each eye. In their regular configuration, these prisms will cause images viewed through them to appear upside-down. Rotating them 90 degrees, however, will instead reverse everything from left to right (and vice-versa).

There’s no way of getting them to show you the world upside-down and reversed, which is, incidentally, the way that images are projected onto our retinas – our brains flip them over and turn them around.

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Bill Bard says:

WHY would you want to?