UNBOXED: Reviewing the Gunnar Optiks Intercept Onyx Glasses
For all of the coverage I’ve done of the consumer tech industry, and more specifically the gaming segment, I’ve only just recently been introduced to a category of accessories that I never in a million years would’ve associated with computer games. The gaming eyewear market is probably one of the newest tech accessories to start cropping up, but the importance of eyewear really cannot be understated.
The idea of filtering out harmful light emitted by computer screens first was introduced to me—and probably most consumers—with the launch of Night Shift mode for the iPhone, which came as part of an iOS update back in 2016. The setting dulled the screen, removing the bright blue light and having a deeper yellowish tint to it. The idea behind this was that the brighter, bluer screen would confuse the brain at night because it mimics the brightness of the sun; and when you’re trying to go to bed that bright light prevents the brain from releasing melatonin—the hormone that gives your body the sleepiness cues.
It turns out, though, that those same brighter blue lights can be pretty harmful for your eyes, no matter when or where you’re viewing them. So, imagine then, the type of damage someone who stares at a computer screen all day is doing to their eyes on a pretty consistent basis (says the person who’s typing this review on his MacBook with the brightness setting turned all the way up). And then you realize just how important this gaming eyewear space truly is.