Olympic athlete develops cycling glasses that allow riders to see behind them

The glasses use two-part, angled lenses with semi-transparent mirrors.

Olympic athlete develops cycling glasses that allow riders to see behind them

An Olympic gold medal winner has helped develop specialist glasses that give cyclists eyes in the back of their heads.

Callum Skinner developed the technology with physicist Alex Macdonald after raising more than £100,000 through a Kickstarter campaign.

The sunglasses allow cyclists to see forwards and backwards by shifting focus rather than having to turn their heads.

They use two-part angled lenses with semi-transparent mirrors and cost from £199.99.

HindSight co-founders Alex Macdonald and Callum Skinner
HindSight co-founders Alex Macdonald and Callum Skinner (HindSight/PA)

Mr Skinner won gold and silver at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

He said: “As a passionate cyclist, I’m acutely aware of the importance of road safety.

“I’m also struck by the potential of HindSight glasses to help professional cyclists reach their peak performance.

“Managing aerodynamic profile is essential for any elite cyclist and, by turning back to look over your shoulder, you can easily lose efficiencies in your speed and performance.

“I believe HindSight glasses provide the answer to this and will change the norm as we know it.”

“HindSight glasses are designed to ensure the preservation of forward-facing vision, while adding the capacity to look behind.

“Hindsight glasses allow peripheral vision to be maintained in the forward direction while checking behind, giving effectively the best of both worlds.”

The glasses won a series of entrepreneurial development awards in 2020 including the Scottish Edge Award.

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