Art Center College of Design student Patrick McCrory has launched an Indiegogo campaign to support development of an innovative line of sunglasses that feature a retractable lens cleaning cloth built into the frame.
The sunglasses were developed over the course of a year while McCrory was studying industrial design at Art Center. Over 15 prototypes were made of the sunglasses before completion, mostly on 3D printers at the school. CAD/CAM software Solidworks was used to design and render before making the prints.
McCrory says he was inspired to create the design on a sunny day while he was out taking a walk. “I had some pesky dirt that was stuck to my lenses, and I realized that I had forgotten my microfiber cloth at home to clean them” McCrory said. “I started wondering if there might be a way to combine microfiber material with a sunglass frame, so that you wouldn’t have to worry about forgetting to carry it with you.”
The final design ended up simplifying the microfiber material into a slender “ribbon” that can be pulled out of the side of the frame. When cleaning is complete, a thumbwheel situated in the corner of the frame can be turned to retract the cloth back inside.
McCrory devoted a great deal of his attention to the aesthetic design of the sunglasses. “The project has gotten a lot of attention because of how tight the design is. People can’t believe that the sunglasses have a retractable microfiber cloth integrated because they look very similar to other designs already on the market.” says McCrory.
The Indiegogo goal has been set at $20,000, which will provide support for design tweaks, tooling, and injection molding of the parts. When a pledge is made at a price point that receives a pair of the sunglasses as a reward, the backer gets to choose the color they want for their microfiber ribbon. This option adds an interesting customization aspect to the project.
The Indiegogo page for “Ribbon Sunglasses Retractable Cleaning Cloth” can be found here – http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ribbon-sunglasses-retractable-cleaning-cloth/x/3702501
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