International Day of Radiology is November 8th. We are celebrating this phenomenal day with a X-Ray Vision Post. X-rays were discovered in 1895 by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen while working in his laboratory in Würzburg. Like so many other inventions, it was accidentally discovered. He also received the first Nobel prize for physics in 1901 for his discovery of X-rays.
Think about how xrays have enhanced out lives, from astrology to medical treatments to airports and even food safety. You probably use X-Rays (retinal scans) in eye health.
The first X-ray eyewear I could find seems to be round 1940’s as a gag gift. The first were just a novelty item made with cardboard with an X-Ray.
‘X-ray glasses do not actually allow the user to see through objects. They are constructed of a plastic frame with lenses of heavy cardboard. In the center of each lens, small holes about 0.25 in (0.64 cm) in diameter are punched out. Feathers that create a polarizing effect cover the holes. When looking through the hole, objects appear to have a transparent outline and a solid center. This effect creates the illusion of x-ray vision. The prankster then uses the glasses and pretends to be able to see through things like walls, clothes, and other objects.
- The principle behind the illusion was first patented in 1909 by Fred J. Wiedenbeck (Patent #914904)
- X-Ray Specs were improved (Patent# 3592533) by Harold von Braunhut, also the inventor of Amazing Sea-Monkeys.
- A previous product called the Wonder Tube worked in a similar way. Instead of glasses, the device was in the form of a small telescope.
- Their name was used as the inspiration for the UK punk band The X-Ray Spex.
- Among the best known figures with “x-ray vision” are the fictional Superman, Samus Aran, and the protagonist of the 1963 film X.
2011- These Social X-Ray glasses are under development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab. You wear them when talking to people and they let you know if the person is really interested in what you have to say.
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