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These sunglasses are designed to admit more blue light and make you happy

It is, believe it or not, National Sunglasses Day, a fitting day to review a pair of sunglasses. In an earlier MNN post, I noted that as our eyes age, they lose sensitivity to shorter wavelengths (the blue light), due to "progressive yellowing of the crystalline lens." This is why I prefer cool white light and my younger wife prefers warmer white bulbs. After writing this, I was approached by a company that makes sunglasses finely tuned to the blue end of the spectrum. Most sunglasses are...

Jins Frontswitch 3-In-1 glasses review

Gadgets today perform more than one job — our smartphones double as a camera, and our cars can even double as a smartphone. We get used to having such versatility from products we buy. On the other hand, eyewear traditionally does one job. It helps us see, or stops us squinting in the sunlight. However, choose the right pair of glasses from eyewear-maker Jins, and that changes. Jins has proven its tech credentials in the past with the Meme smartglasses, and the latest Jins Frontswitch is a...

Can Transitions Lenses Ever Be Cool?

It's hard to think of a sartorial signifier of terminal geeky uncoolness that hasn't been adopted by the fashion-forward and turned into a trend: high-water pants, turtlenecks, dad jeans, dad hats, dad sneakers, Birkenstocks, Birkenstocks with socks. Glasses have come so far into style that it's hard to remember that wearing them was once enough to get you called a nerd. Even still, Transitions lenses–the photoreactive technology that darkens your eyeglass lenses in sunlight–still carry the...