Whether it’s in a car on a windy road, on a boat in rough seas or even in a small plane jolted by turbulence, motion sickness can get the better of a lot of people.
And the solutions thus far can seem unpalatable: too strong lab-drugs, too weak natural remedies or the worst for a wannabe traveller, simply to remain idle. But a new invention by carmaker Citroen just might do the trick.
The French company claims its product, SEETROEN is the first set of glasses to eliminate motion sickness.
Ok, they’re pretty unattractive – so wearing them might bring your cool factor down a notch (or three). But if they do as they claim to do, there could be a big market for them.
Think about it – it wouldn’t just be those afflicted by a little car sickness who stand to benefit, but also readers and gamers who currently baulk because of a little motion-induced nausea. And apparently one in three people have suffered from motion sickness at some point.
According to Citroen, the SEETROEN works by using a coloured liquid “that recreates the horizon line to resolve conflict between the senses”.
With a tested success rate of 95%, the glasses create this fake horizon by moving “liquid in the rings around the eyes, both along the frontal axis (right/left) and sagittal axis (front/back)”.
Citroen says owners should put on their glasses as soon as they experience the initial symptoms, and within 10 to 12 minutes, the effects will be felt. Users can then take off the glasses for the rest of the journey. They can even be used over other glasses.
Citroen introduced the glasses for the price of 99 euros ($155).