Exciting new alternative to Bloomberg’s soda ban: Freaky deaky Japanese diet goggles

posted at 6:03 pm on June 5, 2012 by Allahpundit

We need a palate cleanser/tension breaker while we wait for Wisconsin results, and this one’s got it all — neat-o gizmos, a timely nanny-state tie-in, and the evergreen “Japan sure is weird” angle.

The good news? With the patented new Freakydeaky goggles, you can virtually supersize your government-regulated 16-ounce soda to make it a Big Gulp. The bad news? Since it’d be “unfair” for the rich alone to have these, eventually we’ll either be told we need to subsidize the goggles or we’ll endure Fluke-an demands that insurers everywhere cover the expense, which means higher premiums for everyone.

Second look at Bloomberg’s soda ban instead?

On one device goggle-mounted cameras send images to a computer, which magnifies the apparent size of the cookie in the image it displays to the wearer while keeping his hand the same size, making the snack appear larger than it actually is.

In experiments, volunteers consumed nearly 10 percent less when the biscuits they were eating appeared 50 percent bigger.

They ate 15 percent more when cookies were manipulated to look two-thirds of their real size…

In another project, Hirose’s team developed a “meta cookie”, where the headgear uses scent bottles and visual trickery to fool the wearer into thinking the snack they are eating is anything but a plain biscuit.

Actually, in due time, it probably won’t be terribly difficult to add this to the iPhone — or better yet, Google goggles — as some sort of diet app. Just hold the phone in front of your face, point the lens on the other side at an Entenmann’s box, and voila: You’re eating a chocolate donut that’s bigger than your own head. Where will power is wanting, my friends, technology will provide. Exit question: Hey, how come soda consumption is unlimited at Bloomberg HQ?


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Oh good. Another thingamajig.

Doughboy on June 5, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Don’t we already have a CIC that sees a nickel and thinks it is a trillion?

upinak on June 5, 2012 at 6:05 PM

First video says it contains material from AFP which “has blocked it from display on this website”.

amerpundit on June 5, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Does Bloomberg wear these to make people look shorter?

Oil Can on June 5, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Imagine a world where Japanese scientists and engineers made useful gadgets.

Nessuno on June 5, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Second look at Bloomberg’s soda ban instead?

First look at banning Nanny Bloomberg.

rbj on June 5, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I want the goggles that make me see my husband unloading the dishwasher or sweeping the floor. I dare ya, Japan. I dare ya!

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on June 5, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Not as good as beer goggles, my guess.

msupertas on June 5, 2012 at 6:13 PM

A strip of duct tape over the mouth is much cheaper, much more effective and much less cumbersome.

Pork-Chop on June 5, 2012 at 6:16 PM

As someone who has modified his behavior (and standards) through the use of beer goggles, I predict the effects will be fleeting (and remorseful).

Also, while a 10% reduction in quantity may help the average overweight Japanese with weight control, in obesity, like baseball, Japan is minor league. For the average overweight American, your going to need at least a 50% reduction in consumption to make a dent.

MessesWithTexas on June 5, 2012 at 6:18 PM

“Does Bloomberg wear these to make people look shorter?”

Nah, he’d use them to make something look bigger. The trick will be getting her to wear them.

Dave E. on June 5, 2012 at 6:18 PM

How much money does bloomberg have in this company and when will the nyc ‘dictator’ mandate every human there have this thing to deal with all this creep does daily to take control of the citizens there?
L

letget on June 5, 2012 at 6:20 PM

They’re blocking you Allah.

Bmore on June 5, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Do they make those goggles in UK’s ‘Seven Hundred Pound Teen‘s size (photo)?

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on June 5, 2012 at 6:27 PM

They make everything look like sushi?

profitsbeard on June 5, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Japan sure is weird?!?!

Being half-Japanese, I resemble that remark.

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 5, 2012 at 6:36 PM

point the lens on the other side at an Entenmann’s box, and voila: You’re eating a chocolate donut that’s bigger than your own head.

That made me giggle.

peski on June 5, 2012 at 7:09 PM

The confluence of the freaky Japanese goggles and Nanny Bloomberg’s 32 oz. soda ban got me to thinking:

Are they going to allow the Nathan’s 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest? Isn’t that sending the wrong message to our children? After all, it’s all about the children, you know.

socalcon on June 5, 2012 at 7:14 PM

…I must be using those every time I look at Bloomberg..I didn’t know!

KOOLAID2 on June 5, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Wait! Is this really from Japan? I thought their entire national R&D was for developing robots they can have sex with.

TugboatPhil on June 5, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Disneyland has given in to the Fascist Food Police and their queen.

Who In the Hell Does Michelle Think She Is?”

PattyJ on June 5, 2012 at 9:57 PM