You know the warning that appears on all the RealD 3D glasses that they are NOT to be used outdoors as sunglasses? That was back when the world made sense.
Now a new company, Marchon3D Eyewear will release designer-stylish UV blocking sunglasses that are compatible with all RealD video tech, including movies, TVs, laptops and monitors. They're retailed under the Microvision Optical 3D brand.
You know these 3D-sunglasses hybrid are too cool for school just by the names of the 2010 collection product line: Angelina, Grace, James (my favorite, pictured below), Joshua, Julia, Michael, Oscar and Steve.
Because of the Nanny-state we live in Marchon3D feels compelled to add the following advisory, "Caution: Do not wear for night driving, impact sports, or for use as safety glasses." Don't wear sunglasses when driving at night. We need to be told this? Sigh.
If I knew anything about style I'd be qualified to judge these on that criteria, but with 8 choices I'd imagine there's a look for almost everyone willing to pay $35 for these dual use sunglasses.
The lenses Marchon uses include both the patented circular polarization licensed from RealD and the ability to block 100% percent of UVA and 100% UVB rays, exceeding ANSI Z80.3 special-purpose UV requirements.
So, unlike the one- style, one-size fits all RealD glasses at the multiplex, these can be used outdoors as regular sunglasses. Confused? It's a sign of the end of the world, I tell you.