Frame Of Mind
Protos introduces 3-D printed glasses
According to the guys behind the eyewear company Protos, the reason you can’t pull off hipster frames isn’t because of your coolness quotient--it’s because mass-produced glasses don’t take your unique face structure into account.
Founded by an industrial engineer and an optician, Protos aims to make glasses that fit just right by building individualized specs through 3-D printing (whoa).
So if your glasses are constantly falling down the bridge of your nose (and aren't meant to be bifocals), then these specs are your best solution. Here's how it works: Begin by uploading front and side photos of your face and answer a few questions about your style preferences. The Protos designers will then make a digital glasses rendering based on your personality and facial dimensions, and (upon your approval) print a physical version.
Sounds complicated, but it’s actually pretty genius, especially since the glasses are made with proprietary material that’s both highly flexible and impact resistant. But don’t worry, they don’t look mechanized. Just check out how much better this chick looks after making the switch from regular glasses to Protos.
Frames start at $299--a fraction of most bespoke price tags--and will be shipped out with your prescription lenses.
Thank God, because those drugstore readers were really starting to give you a headache.