Last summer, French automaker Citroen introduced Seetroen, which it said were “the first glasses which eliminate travel sickness.” As the company launched its centennial celebration this past week at Retromobile, it said that more than 15,000 pairs of the glasses have been purchased and also reported that they overcome travel sickness symptoms in 95 percent of cases.
The glasses are designed to be worn by those age 10 or older, “when the inner ear has stopped growing.”
Though called “glasses,” the Seetroen system has no actual glass. Instead, they use Boarding Ring technology developed by a French start-up company to re-create the horizon along both the frontal axis (right and left) and sagittal axis (front and back) “to resolve the conflict between the senses that causes the affliction. The faux horizon is produced by the use of a moving liquid within the eyewear’s four rings.
The design for the Seetroen glasses was done by Paris-based 5.5, a collective design studio “which has successfully incorporated the Brand’s fresh, simple and ergonomic style. The result is a pair of glasses with a high-tech look in white soft-touch plastic.”
Citroen reports that as many as one third of the population suffers from kinetosis, or chronic motion sickness.
“Having learned of a solution initially developed for sailors, Citroen decided to extend its use to the general public,” the automaker said, adding that Seetroen glasses can be used in cars, buses and airplanes as well as on boats.
Instructions with the glasses say to put them on “as soon as you experience the initial symptoms. After 10 to 12 minutes, the glasses enable the mind to resynchronize with the movement perceived by the inner ear while the eyes were focused on an immobile object such as a smartphone or a book.”
At the point, users can remove the glasses “and enjoy the rest of your journey.”
The glasses are designed to be shared within a family, Citroen added. They also can be worn over regular eye glasses.
Seetroen glasses are sold through Citroen’s lifestyle website for €99.
We also did an Amazon search for Seetroen and found this link.