About this project
Reflectacles are the first collection of light-reflecting eyewear and sunglasses by custom-spectacles-craftsman Scott Urban. Using the most reflective materials designed for highly specialized applications, Reflectacles ensure you’re noticed and anonymous at the same time.
Actual video footage from a CCTV surveillance camera...
Wear Reflectacles to protect your identity from the growing surveillance-state. Wear Reflectacles to be noticed on your bicycle or as a pedestrian. Now you can be conspicuous and concealed with Reflectacles.
Using the most retro-reflective material in existence, Reflectacles Ghost reflect both visible-light and infrared-light. Cameras using infrared technology (which most surveillance and body cameras do) will not be able to capture your facial features (good-bye facial recognition). At the same time, Reflectacles Ghost also reflect visible-light making you seen on the road. (Note: only available in silver)
Reflectacles Originals reflect visible-light only and will be available in seven colors. Each color has a differing reflective ability. The order from most to least reflective are: Silver, Neon, Gold, Blue, Green, Orange, Red. While the reflective properties vary between colors, they all amplify light to great effect.
Reflectacles are entirely analog; no batteries or light bulbs are necessary. Reflectacles come alive by bouncing light back in the direction of the source. These stylish frames appear brightly illuminated to others and disrupt a camera’s exposure, yet the wearer's vision remains uninterrupted.
As a creator of one-of-a-kind spectacles for clients for more than 10 years, I’ve designed Reflectacles to fit well on everyone. I believe that a person’s eyewear should be both timeless and functional.
Starting with solid blocks of clear cellulose acetate, Reflectacles are durably constructed by CNC machining — not cheap plastic mold injection. The metal wire core throughout the temple adds strength while allowing you to customize the fit to your liking. A machined groove within the frame lets you change lenses when you want. No detail has been overlooked!
UV-coated and manufactured from high-grade CR39 plastic, each pair of Reflectacles comes with darkly-tinted Sunglass Lenses or slightly-tinted Active Lenses. Sunglass Lenses are great for protecting your eyes from the sun and are a bold statement when worn at night. Active Lenses are essential for bicycling, jogging and other recreational activities where a transparent lens is necessary.
Reflectacles are designed to allow you to remove and replace the lenses at any time. If you would like the standard lenses swapped for your prescription, a local optical shop would be able to accommodate you.
For helping make this vision possible, you will receive Reflectacles from the first production run. You can pledge for either Reflectacles Ghost or Reflectacles OrIginals. Backers will select the reflective frame color (Originals) and a lens option. Micro-fiber travel pouch included.
In the past two years, I reached out to twelve eyewear manufacturers to produce prototypes based on my initial design. From those, I chose five to produce samples that I judged for functionality and aesthetics. When an established eyewear manufacturer of over 35 years presented the first version of Reflectacles that met all the qualities I needed in a pair of frames, I could see the finish line. With three rounds of flawless product samples under our belt, the design and construction has been perfected.
The first production run for Reflectacles will start as soon as the funding goal is reached. The reflective material supplier is standing by and a freight shipping company has been identified. Even the FDA is ready for me to deliver (they make sure all of my processes and licenses are in order).
With your support, Reflectacles will become a reality. Whether it is a financial pledge towards the project or simply spreading the word via social channels — everything helps. The first production run of Reflectacles is made possible when we meet our $28,000 US goal. This will cover reflective material costs, a minimum-production run order, freight importation, FDA licensing, Kickstarter fees and shipping to you.
Since 2005, I’ve been creating bespoke wooden eyewear out of a humble studio in Chicago under the name, Urban Spectacles. I approach my work as an artist where beauty and quality are the primary concern. Making custom eyeglasses specifically for individuals has taught me how valuable it is to build trusting relationships. I take the same approach to my work with Reflectacles, and I welcome you to join my growing eyewear family.
Know someone who won't be able to live without Reflectacles? Share the campaign with them across your social networks and by word of mouth. Every bit makes a difference.
Donald Trump on Privacy. (Warning: LOUD and repetitive)
A very common argument on privacy/surveillance is “I have nothing to hide, so I don’t care about being recorded.” To better understand the implications of this argument, please take a moment to read this paper. Link.
If you care to educate yourself more on all matters of privacy, the people at Reddit r/privacy have compiled a great list for you to begin with. Link.
There are excellent ideas in mind for stretch goals. Think limited editions. Let's first get this campaign on the roll.
As with all of my work, I will not be satisfied until you are. I try my best to explain all the details of Reflectacles, but let’s face it, this is a brand new concept and you may want more information or have suggestions on how to make your investment in Reflectacles even better. Please feel free to contact me directly or leave your thoughts in the comments section. I want you to become part of this community that we will build together.
Simply put, eyewear is my life. Bringing Reflectacles to a larger audience has been my mission for the past two years, and I want to see them grow up properly. That said, I’m bringing them to the Kickstarter community to help decide where it goes. With your help, we can create eyewear that is both fun and functional. I will always appreciate your trust and support, and I thank all of you sincerely.
Risks and challenges
Countless hours have gone into making the follow through and business operations run seamlessly. I feel confident that all will go according to plan.
If for some reason there is a hiccup in the process, I pledge to you that I am completely devoted to this project and to creating the best experience possible. You will always have my attention and communication. I will repeat it again, eyewear is my life and I take it seriously.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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