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The Toshiba Spectacle; A Monocle for the 21st century, in 3d!


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Ready to take movies and games to the next level? Imagine being right in the middle of an action movie scene, or right on the basketball court during the playoffs! With the Spectacle, you’ll experience one-eyed 3D so real, you’d think you were using both eyes!

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Enhance your Entertainment

Ready to take movies and games to the next level? Imagine being right in the middle of an action movie scene, or right on the basketball court during the playoffs! With the Spectacle, you’ll experience one-eyed 3D so real, you’d think you were using both eyes!

Groundbreaking Technology and Design

Infusing advanced 3D technology into such a small device wasn’t easy. Two triangular polarizing lenses were melded in parallel and encased in black-plated tungsten carbide for a lightweight and durable construction. For comfort, the casing was molded into the shape of an average human eye hole, and draped in bonded leather.
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Accessorize your Spectacle and enhance your 3D experience! The following accessories are now available:
Handy Strap in Chain LinkProvides a sleek, industrial look and added security for your Spectacle. Designer LensesLenses are available in two additional colors: Roaring R3D and B3Dtime Blue Spec-PouchThe convienent Spec-Pouch makes it easy to take your Spectacle just about anywhere!
A little history on the monocle;

The monocle is a type of corrective lens used to correct or enhance the vision in only one eye. It consists of a circular lens, generally with a wire ring around the circumference that can be attached to a string. The other end of the string is then connected to the wearer's clothing to avoid losing the monocle. The antiquarian Philipp von Stosch wore a monocle in Rome in the 1720s, in order to closely examine engravings and antique engraved gems, but the monocle did not become an article of gentlemen's apparel until the nineteenth century. It was introduced by the dandy's quizzing glass of the 1790s, as a sense of high fashion.

There are three styles of monocle. The first style consists of a simple loop of metal with a lens which was slotted into the eye orbit. These were the first monocles worn in England and could be found from the 1830s onwards. The second style, which was developed in the 1890s, was the most elaborate, consisting of a frame with a raised edge-like extension known as the gallery.[1] The gallery was designed to help secure the monocle in place by raising it out of the eye orbit slightly, so that the eyelashes could not jar it. Monocles with galleries were often the most expensive. The very wealthy would have the frames custom-made to fit their own eye sockets. A sub-category of the galleried monocle was the "sprung gallery", where the gallery was replaced by an incomplete circle of flattened, ridged wire supported by three posts. The ends were pulled together, the monocle was placed in the eye orbit, and the ends released, causing the gallery to spring out and keep the monocle in place.

The third style of monocle was frameless. This consisted of a cut piece of glass, with a serrated edge to provide a grip on individuals with chubbier cheeks, and sometimes a hole drilled into one side for a cord. Often the frameless monocle had no cord and would be worn freely. This style was popular at the beginning of the 20th century as they could be cut to fit any shape eye orbit cheaply, without the cost of a customized frame.

It is a myth that monocles were uncomfortable to wear. If they were customised then they could be worn securely with no effort, though periodic adjustment is a fact of life for monocle wearers to keep the monocle from popping, as can be seen in films featuring Erich von Stroheim. Often only the rich could afford to have them custom-manufactured and the poor had to settle for poorly-fitted monocles that were less comfortable and less secure. The popular perception was (and still is) that a monocle could easily fall off with the wrong facial expression. This is true to an extent, as raising the eyebrow too far will allow the monocle to fall.
19th century gold filled quizzing glass.

A once-standard comedic device exploits this: an upper-class gentleman makes a shocked expression in response to some event, and his monocle falls into his drink, smashes into pieces on the floor, etc. In visual media, the monocle might also be illustrated, or visually captured mid-flight, with some slack to the string as the glass travels downward.

The quizzing glass is a sort of monocle held to one's eye with a handle, in a similar fashion to a lorgnette.

A monocle was generally associated with rich upper-class men. Combined with a morning coat and top-hat, it completed the costume of the stereotypical 1890s capitalist. Monocles were also stereotypical accessories of German military officers from this period, especially from the First World War, where the stereotypical German Oberst would plot the demise of enemy forces with monocle in place to examine attack charts. German officers who actually wore a monocle include Werner von Fritsch, Erich Ludendorff, Walter Model, Walter von Reichenau, Hans von Seeckt and Hugo Sperrle.

Monocles were most prevalent in the late 19th century but are rarely worn today. This is due in large part to advances in optometry which allow for better measurement of refractive error, so that glasses and contact lenses can be prescribed with different strengths in each eye, and also in reaction to the stereotypes that became associated with them. Another significant contribution to the decline of the monocle is that some health organisations (specifically Britain's National Health Service, but possibly others, in their local contexts) would not fund prescriptions for monocles, even when the prescribing optometrist recommended a monocle.[citation needed]

The monocle did, however, garner a following in the stylish lesbian circles of the earlier 20th century, with lesbians donning a monocle for effect. Such women included Nicole Martinez, Una Lady Troubridge, Radclyffe Hall, and Weimar German reporter Sylvia von Harden (the painting Portrait of the Journalist Sylvia Von Harden by German expressionist painter Otto Dix depicts its subject sporting a monocle).

Some famous figures who wore a monocle include the British politicians, Joseph Chamberlain, his son Austen, Henry Chaplin and Angus Maude. Percy Toplis the The Monocled Mutineer, founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Planters Mascot Mr. Peanut, Portuguese President António de Spínola, filmmakers Fritz Lang and Erich Von Stroheim, prominent 19th century Portuguese writer Eça de Queiroz, actor Conrad Veidt, Dadaists Tristan Tzara and Raoul Hausmann, esotericist Julius Evola, French collaborationist politician Louis Darquier de Pellepoix, criminal Percy Toplis, Poet laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson, singer Richard Tauber, diplomat Christopher Ewart-Biggs, Major Johnnie Cradock, actors Ralph Lynn and George Arliss, and Karl Marx. In another vein G. E. M. Anscombe was one of only a few noted women who occasionally wore a monocle.[2] Famous wearers today include astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, former boxer Chris Eubank and King Taufa'ahau Tupou V of Tonga.[3] Abstract expressionist painter Barnett Newman wore a monocle mainly for getting a closer look at artworks. Richard Tauber wore a monocle to mask a squint in one eye.

A monocle is a distinctive part of the costume of at least three Gilbert & Sullivan characters: Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance, Sir Joseph Porter in HMS Pinafore, and Reginald Bunthorne in Patience, and composer Sullivan used one himself. In some variant productions numerous other characters sport the distinctive eye-wear, and some noted performers of the "G&S" repertoire also have worn a monocle.

Famous fictional wearers include Wilkins Micawber, Mr. Peanut, Edgar Bergen's dummy Charlie McCarthy, Batman's nemesis The Penguin, The Count on Sesame Street, Colonel Klink (played by actor Werner Klemperer, who once admitted his was held in place with spirit gum), and most incarnations of Colonel Mustard from the game Cluedo/Clue. The fictional Lord Peter Wimsey, an amateur detective from an upper-class background, possessed a set of detecting tools disguised as more gentlemanly accessories, including a powerful magnifying glass disguised as a monocle. Amelia Bones from the Harry Potter series is also seen sporting a monocle at Harry's trial in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. In Disney's Cinderella, the Doorman is characterized by his monocle. The DC Comics supervillain The Monocle gains his powers from a mystic version of his namesake. P.G. Wodehouse characters Psmith and Galahad Threepwood also have a well-documented fondness for the monocle. Wodehouse's most famous creation, Bertie Wooster, has been portrayed as wearing a monocle on several book jackets and audio book covers. In the story "The Spot of Art", Wooster is wearing a monocle in the portrait painted by Gwladys Pendlebury. In the series Dark Shadows, Prof. T. Eliot Stokes played by actor Thayer David wore a monocle to read with. In the late night animated series Space Ghost Coast to Coast, episode 70 ("Snatch"), the main character states, "Bring me my monocle. I want to look rich." He is seen later in the episode wearing a monocle. Count Olaf, the leader of the villains in A Series of Unfortunate Events, wore a monocle as part of his disguise as "Gunther" in book six, The Ersatz Elevator. In the 1931 movie Dracula, Bela Lugosi wore a monocle on a cord as part of his costume, although he never put it in his eye. A monocle was worn by Ginger Rogers in 42nd Street (1933), Winona Ryder in Heathers (1989) and Harriet Walter in Ballet Shoes (2007). A monocle with a clover leaf is one of the trademarks of the fictional phantom thief Kaito Kid from Gosho Aoyama's manga Magic Kaito and Detective Conan. In the Adventures of Tintin, Captain Haddock briefly develops a taste for wearing a monocle in 'The Secret of the Unicorn'.

To use and wear a monocle, as mentioned above it is necessary to squint in order to hold the monocle in place. The monocle chain, as well is oft kept pinned to ones collar in order to keep it from falling down and being pervaded by the festering ground beneath. A monocle must be cleaned regularly, and also kept from the grubby hands of the lower classes.
As an AphrodisiacEdit As an Aphrodisiac sectionEdit

Yes, it is indeed quite true that there is something mysteriously sexy about the monocle. You've seen the many pictures on this page and probably questioned your own sexuality. It is in fact scientifically proven that sight of a monocle causes one's brain to release hormones which then stimulate the genitalia. These stimuli function to increase sexual drive. The study was done by members of the University of Oxford, who tested the theory of monocles as an aphrodisiac by subjecting both men and women to pictures of both de and be monocled men and women and monitoring their brain patterns. Overwhelming evidence proved that monocles could cause significant sexual arousal in both sexes, but especially women. These and other findings have prompted the federal government and various educational facilities to look into monocle bans, but due to their popularity among teenagers, it is unlikely that monocles will be banned anytime soon.
In the Modern DayEdit In the Modern Day sectionEdit

The monocle has had a resurgence in popularity due to the findings that the monocle indeed is highly sexually stimulating. Most of these new "monoclites" are 13-29 year old men, who use monocles to lure unsuspecting females into their seckspads. The monocle has also been very popular among lesbian and circles once again, who use the stimuli caused by monocle-exposure in their ever popular porn videos. With the popularity of monocles skyrocketing in the last two years, analysts conclude that monocle-wearing will become an important and influential fashion of the early 21st century, and that it will probably peak in 2020. So tip your hat, and say "wot!" because the monocle is here to stay.

Many famous people have walked the brilliantly paved streets of a town called monocle, or should I say, have worn monocles in public. It is notable that many German officers in World War I wore monocles for a bonus in both appearance and command. Lots of poets, politicians, and philosophers were often seen be-monocled. From Fritz Lang to Joseph Chamberlain, Karl Marx to Alfred Lord Tennyson, monocles swept the streets of the early modern age. Many famous lesbians adopted the monocle as well. Lesbian lovers Una Lady Troubridge and Radclyffe Hall both got each other wet while sporting the effervescently sexy monocle. Throughout history, the monocle has been the apple of many celebrity's eye.

The monocle's first recorded use was in the 18th century by a homosexual Optician, Oliver Van de Kaamp, who was living in the pirate-dense Caribbean at the time, and often had pirates as patients. Due to genetic disorders which left most pirates with only one working eye, Van de Kaamp created the monocle to help the pirates see. Needless to say, the monocle did not do well among pirates, who preferred the rugged look of an eyepatch. Van de Kaamp died without ever seeing his invention become popular.

Later in the 18th century, the monocle would be rediscovered by judges, who saw the monocle as the perfect accessory for a nice powdered wig and black robe. As the monocle became popular among judges, lawyers and attorneys began to jump on the monocle craze. The monocle then began to take on several different forms. The truly rich and upper class would wear custom-fitted gold and / or diamond plated monocles, which they deemed "bling." Some monocles have been dug up which have custom fittings but are less flamboyant, these are probably the monocles of middle-class printers and merchants, according to historian Sid Meier. There is even evidence of lower class monocles, which were made in three to four sizes and made of wood. These would usually accompany a lower class citizen with their Sunday best on, these lower class monocles were a more affordable luxury for the poorer crotchety old white men.

With the dawn of a new century, the monocle became the signature accessory of a capitalist, along with a fine top hat and gaudy morning coat. Among others who wore monocles were J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and William McKinley. The "bling" version of monocles soon became the only kind, as the other kinds all but died out due to the common people's dissatisfaction with the ruling aristocracy. Sadly, the era of the monocle came to a close in America when the "trust buster" Theodore Roosevelt publicly denounced the monocle as the symbolic representation of the evil trusts and big businesses. In England, however, the monocle thrives to this day.

So yeah, thats the breakdown on the Monocle. I hope you take the time to give Toshiba's 3d Monocle a Try.