ARINSCO OP­TICS

Meet the Cape Co­ral com­pany’s founder, ad­vanc­ing the wow fac­tor

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Meet the Cape Co­ral com­pany’s founder, ad­vanc­ing the wow fac­tor

They’ve been around for decades, but 3-D glasses are evolv­ing. A Cape Co­ral com­pany has am­bi­tious plans to make 3-D view­ing both af­ford­able and some­thing we do at home. Arinsco Op­tics has in­tro­duced its C3D glasses, de­vices that give the wearer the sen­sa­tion of looking through a win­dow at what’s on the other side, says the com­pany’s founder, Les Hardi­son, a ca­reer engi­neer with some 50 patents, mostly in the pe­tro­leum in­dus­try. The non­cor­rec­tive glasses, which run $25, are sug­gested for video gam­ing, com­puter use and tele­vi­sion view­ing, says Hardi­son, who in re­tire­ment de­cided Florida golf was great but not enough to sat­isfy his cu­rios­ity about ques­tions that long puz­zled him as an engi­neer.

Hardi­son con­sid­ers his glasses an evo­lu­tion in tech­nol­ogy that dates to the mid-19th cen­tury when in­ven­tors were un­veil­ing their so-called stereo­scopic de­vices, which used red and green lenses to change the depth per­cep­tion of the viewer ob­serv­ing a still pic­ture. Later tech­nol­ogy gave the same ef­fect to motion pic­tures, with the­ater­go­ers in 3-D glasses duck­ing to avoid the high kicks of dancers on the screen, for ex­am­ple.

De­tails are at arin­scoop­tics.com, 239-257-2312.

Cape Co­ral Liv­ing mag­a­zine asked Les Hardi­son about his ca­reer and the glasses he hopes will change the way we view me­dia.

I WAS BORN …

in Chicago in 1929, when times were good. But the times went away be­fore I learned to walk and talk or re­mem­ber. My child­hood left me with a strong de­sire to be able to earn a liv­ing do­ing some­thing peo­ple needed to be done. I liked fig­ur­ing out how things worked, me­chan­i­cally. Be­com­ing an engi­neer seemed to be the nat­u­ral course for me, from grade school on. I went to Tilden Tech­ni­cal High School and got a de­gree in me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing from IIT [Illi­nois In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy] in 1950. In ad­di­tion to all the in­tro­duc­tory sci­ence classes, physics and math were the most in­trigu­ing cour­ses. Both in­volve the “laws of na­ture,” which I learned were writ­ten

by men and women, and not by na­ture. They were at­tempts to de­scribe how things work, which was right up my al­ley. I HAD A …

sat­is­fy­ing ca­reer, work­ing for sev­eral good companies, the last of which was Univer­sal Oil Prod­ucts, where among other jobs I was a process de­sign engi­neer, work­ing on the de­sign of many of the oil-re­fin­ing pro­cesses used to pro­duce gaso­line, fuel oil, plas­tics and so on. The last 25 years were spent run­ning my own en­gi­neer­ing/con­struc­tion com­pany [ARI Tech­nolo­gies]. These were all very sat­is­fy­ing jobs, and I was able to con­trib­ute to sev­eral new con­cepts. Over the years, I was granted more than 50 U.S. patents.

THINGS WORKED …

out well for me, both ca­reer­wise and per­son­ally. Af­ter I re­tired in 1994, I thought it would be hard to fill up the hours I had spent work­ing, but that didn’t prove to be the case. I had time to do all sorts of things I wanted to do, like play golf, but more im­por­tantly, I had time to think about things that puz­zled me dur­ing my education.

IN PAR­TIC­U­LAR …

one of those things dealt with the ve­loc­ity of light. It didn’t make sense to me that what­ever lim­ited the speed of light also lim­ited the speed of a space­ship or a mis­sile. I wound up fig­ur­ing out an al­ter­na­tive to Ein­stein’s spe­cial the­ory of rel­a­tiv­ity, in which the speed of light is in­fi­nite. I have writ­ten three books ex­plain­ing this the­ory. They are, ap­par­ently, re­garded as heresy by most physi­cists, as I have not found any way of “prov­ing” my sys­tem su­pe­rior to rel­a­tiv­ity other than com­mon sense.

I ALSO GAVE …

a lot of thought to how we per­ceive light, if it is not by re­ceiv­ing elec­tro­mag­netic ra­di­a­tion, as Ein­stein be­lieved. And how we per­ceive a pic­ture of the three­d­i­men­sional world we live in when the reti­nas of our eyes show our brains two 2-D pic­tures taken from slightly dif­fer­ent an­gles. The re­sult of this line of thought was 3-D glasses, which don’t prove my the­ory, but do make watch­ing foot­ball on TV more like ac­tu­ally be­ing there.

LES HARDI­SON

Cape Co­ral–based Arinsco Op­tics of­fers eye­glasses that are de­signed to en­hance the 3-D ex­pe­ri­ence.

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