An Innovative Hinge Ensures These Glasses Fit Anyone

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By: Haylee Fisher

Call it the eyewear of the future. A company called REM Eyewear has developed “Spine Optics,” an innovative, segmented hinge that is designed to mimic the human spine. That is, it bends in all directions to fit any size head and stays put when worn. It also features an auto-shut function that closes the “temples” of the glasses when removed from the wearer’s face, minimizing the wear and tear on the frames.

On most glasses, the temples are hinged, but only move in one direction so they can be folded flat when not in use. But the Spine hinge is made up of multiple segments allowing the temple to move not only in and out, but up and down as well. This is what allows the glasses to adjust to fit anyone and maintain a snug fit.

For those who wear glasses, this is an invaluable feature. Recently, I broke a pair of glasses because the hinge was old and loose and it bent too far in a direction it wasn’t meant to bend. Children are even more careless, so flexibility in glasses is exactly what they need.

Spine eyewear comes in two categories. Spine Optical is for reading and distance and Spine Sun is for outdoor wear, but both are comprised of three main materials: cellulose acetate, stainless steel, and aluminium. Cellulose acetate is a plastic material that takes on a gloss finish when polished and tumbled by hand, but remains matte when blasted with sand. Stainless steel is used in the body as well as the hinges. It’s a durable material that offers the glasses sturdiness. Aluminium is known for its strength and lightness and can also be thinned to remove weight and hollowed to be incorporated into the Spine hinge.

Spine eyewear is available in a variety of styles and colors in prices ranging from $217-$250 in stores and online. To find out more, visit their website.

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