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Glenn E. Meyer
August 5, 2012, 07:04 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/04/sports/olympics/olympic-athletes-may-win-gold-but-a-pot-of-it-rarely-follows.html

Lately, he has been shooting while wearing special Nike training glasses that use a strobe light to make it harder to see. The idea is that when you take the glasses off, your vision is even better.

He can’t call Nike yet. Perhaps come November, he will, either directly or through someone who is helping him train. Or just maybe, one day soon, his phone will ring.



Congrats for winning the medal - but has anyone heard of such glasses being used for training? On the surface, I don't see the connection.

Creeper
August 5, 2012, 07:10 PM
That's a new and weird one on me... but it's real (http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/?l=shop,pdp,ctr-inline/cid-1/pid-384745)... for $300.

C

sigcurious
August 5, 2012, 08:24 PM
Interesting concept, at first I thought it ment literally a strobe light, like little LEDs. Which would pretty much work against the physiology of eyes.

My guess is that the theory behind it is that by interrupting a person's vision, it forces the brain to attempt to process what they do see faster. Nike and similar companies do dump huge amounts of money in to sports RD (example (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nike_Oregon_Project))

So there may be some hard science behind it. Or it could just be a way to get people to shell out their money.

Glenn E. Meyer
August 8, 2012, 12:02 PM
Might be - when I get time, I'll research this. I can tune in to the vision community and I know some high end sports psychologists.

But I'm off later today. If someone else likes lit reviews, it would be fun.

aarondhgraham
August 9, 2012, 10:56 AM
The little flashes will make the iris of the eye contract,,,
That increases depth of field so the sights and target are in better focus.

The view will get a bit darker,,,
But will be in better focus.

It's not unlike the red-eye eliminator feature in modern cameras,,,
There are a series of 3-5 short flashes which cause the iris to contract.

It has the same effect as those apertures you can stick on your glasses,,,
The smaller opening increases depth of field so the sights and target are in better focus.

That's my SWAG anyways.
(Scientific Wild @$$ Guess) :D

Aarond

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