Many people have the tendency to misplace their glasses and then search for them all over the place. Some of them even find them right on top of their head, where they left them. It is pretty easy not to feel your glasses sitting right on top of your head since they are not really that heavy. So how does one save all the time and energy not to mention the hassle of misplacing one’s glasses? This is where magnetic eyeglass holders come in.
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Who invented them? Many people did. There is no one person who can take the credit for inventing the first eyeglass holder or magnetic eyeglass holder. The history of eyeglass holders began with chains or what is called by some as granny chains. The chains are attached to the glasses at the temples. The problem is that these types of holders do not stay put if one were to bend down to do something, be it to pet his dog, pick up something from the floor or gardening.
Not surprisingly, the idea for eyeglass holder pins was formed. The holder pin was pinned to a person’s clothes so that the eyeglasses were kept visible on a person’s body. Some of these pins were beautifully decorated. But the problem is that the pins created visible holes in the clothes. Imagine using these pins on costly clothes that ended up having holes.
To solve the problem of holes, the idea for magnetic eyeglass holders was formed. It is very hard to point out and say who or which company did it first. These holders are not only affordable but they are easy to use and some of the holders are so beautifully decorated that people mistake them for broaches. During the last century, steel magnet was famous. But after some time, ferrite magnet took over.
Then somewhere in 1983, a new material, Rare Earth Magnets or NEFEM was invented. NEFEM or neodymium is 100 times more powerful in magnetic field than steel and 10 times more powerful in magnetic field compared to ferrite. What’s more neodymium is much smaller and cost effective compared to ferrite and steel magnets. Though small in size it can hold objects that are up to 30 times its weight. So a person can attach both his sunglasses and eyeglasses to the holder and not worry about them falling and breaking into pieces.
A keeper is normally used to pin the magnet eyeglass holder to clothing. The preferred material for the keeper is Alnico, which is made of aluminum, cobalt, nickel and fifty percent of iron. Indeed there is no clearly recorded evidence to say who invented an eyeglass holder or a magnetic eyeglass holder for the very first time. The person who invented it may not have wanted to patent it. The only reference as to the inventors can be made via their patent applications.
The first patent for eyeglass holder seems to have been applied by Sean Manufacturing Company in 1997. The patent was approved two years or so later. A series of patents for eyeglass holders followed suit later, coming from Arnold Theresa R, Eugene Search and so on. The first patent for a magnetic eyeglass holder seemed to have been applied by Dan. L.Dietz in 2001 and was approved two years later. Since then there have been patent applications from Gripping Eyewear Inc. and Donald P Rathbun, who seemed to have invented the multipole magnet that can hold various items to a person’s clothing.
So far, there is no concrete evidence that proves a specific person or company invented magnetic eyeglass holders. However, many individuals and companies take credit for creating the latest invention for the use of eyeglass wearers, who don’t have to worry about searching for their glasses ever again.
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