Lonely Planet Writer

Could these unusual glasses be the cure for travel sickness?

If travel sickness blights your enjoyment of car journeys and theme park rides, help is at hand thanks to a new product from French auto manufacturer, Citroën. It has introduced Seetroën glasses that eliminate motion sickness in adults and children over 10, enabling passengers to read on their smartphones or tablets on long journeys.

Citroën has introduced glasses to eliminate motion sickness. Image: Citroën

One in three people will experience kinetosis, or motion sickness, at least once in their life, and Seetroën glasses are designed to counteract it. Motion sickness is the nauseous feeling you get when the movement you sense with your inner ear is different from the motion you visualise. Mixed signals are sent to the brain if you cannot see the movement your body’s feeling, or conversely, if you cannot feel what your eyes see.

Having learned of a solution initially developed for sailors, Citroën created its Seetroën glasses using Boarding Ring technology, developed by the French start-up of the same name. By placing coloured liquid in the four rings around the eyes, the glasses recreate the horizon line to resolve the conflict between the senses that causes sickness. After 10 to 12 minutes, they enable the mind to synchronise with the movement perceived by the inner ear, while the eyes are focused on an immobile object, such as a smartphone or a book. The glasses are said to have an efficacy rating of 95%.

You’ll be able to read on journeys without feeling sick with Seetroën glasses. Image: Citroën

For the design of the glasses, Citroën called on 5.5, a collective design studio based in Paris, who created the frames in soft-touch white plastic. There aren’t any lenses in the frames, which means you can wear them over your actual glasses. The glasses cost €99 and are available from Citroën’s lifestyle store here.