If you’ve ever found yourself staring out at an inspiring natural vista and wondering how much better all those trees and mountains would look if you could just tweak the colours a bit — adding a little shade there and a little highlight here — then you may want to check out Tens, photo-filter-inspired sunglasses (via The Telegraph) that boost the colour palette of the natural world.
Created by three Edinburgh based designers, Tens purport to filter the world outside via a “sense-heightening lens tint,” according to the marketing.
“Whilst typical sunglasses block out the light with desaturated, cold colours; Tens work with the warmth of the sun to lend an uplifting tint to the world beyond the lens.”
Basically the sunglasses give whatever the wearer is looking at — your boyfriend’s stubble, or your Yorkie’s pouting puss — a handpainted aesthetic. As Telegraph writer Scott Campbell suggests, the view is not unlike the kind of tint offered by the popular online photo-sharing app Instagram.
To gauge interest for the tech-inspired sunglasses, the designers went the crowd-sourcing route, creating a page on the popular funding page Indiegogo.
Interest is clearly high in altering nature’s colour choices via your shades. The trio’s initial fundraising goal was £9,400 ($17, 284 CAD). They’ve so far raised £122,980 ($226, 118.99 CAD).
The sunglasses, which look like your standard hipster-y cool shades (think an exaggerated take on RayBan’s classic Wayfarers), come in four colours and retail for around $66 CAD. The shades are also practical, offering UV400 protection.