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    About ten years ago, Gary Apple at sent me a pair of ‘turn-signal light’ glasses. Yes, they were stupid, but a lot of fun. They were plastic frames with a wire running down to a battery pack with two buttons. The idea was to signal which way you were going to turn when walking on a busy street. Pressing the button a few times activated a red LED to indicate which way you were going to go – right or left. More likely you'd just wear these at a party to liven things up. At Dick’s Gadget Warehouse I found a different pair of “turn signal” glasses. These were more advanced. Not only do light up behind your ear, they also light up over your eyes, so people coming toward you can see your turning direction! As the packaging says: “Light up your eyes! Light up your ears!” Even though they look pretty dumb, (they’re plastic eye glass frames with LED’s instead of lenses) they just might work for people who walk really fast on city streets or busy walkways in the park. People behind you and in front of you can see which direction you’re about to turn – assuming you remember to press the proper buttons on the wired belt battery pack. The company that made them Play Visions is still making novelty items, but the Pedestrian Turn Signal Eyeglasses are not one of them. You can however buy Fly Eyes where each faceted lens rotates to produce a fantastic kaleidoscope effect. I don’t have Fly Eyes, but I saw them on eBay for about $7. Here's the Play Visions website:

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