INTRO: Hologram technology revolutionises luminotherapy and promises to bannish winter blues. Belgium launches first happy glasses.
STORY: Belgium(比利時) has launched(研發) a new light therapy(光療法) product designed to combat(抗拒) seasonal blues and which could revolutionise our way of life. Its called the Luminette(蘿美雅) and can be worn by all in any and every circumstances they find themselves.
As autumn begins many people in the northern hemisphere complain of listlessness(無精打采) and fatigue(疲倦) increasingly identified with the gradual seasonal loss of light.
Light therapy is based on the idea that waking up in the dark provokes(導致) the body into producing melatonin(退黑激素；腦白金), a sleep hormone(荷爾蒙), which keeps our energy levels low throughout the day.
The revolutionary Luminette promise to end that. Worn for half an hour in the morning the light sends messages to the brain fooling it into believing the sun is out. This in turn suppresses(抑制) the body's secretion(分泌物) of melatonin thus kick starting the body clocks in the same way as a summer morning.
Of course light therapy is nothing new and is being used extensively in Nordic countries and Canada where light is scarce in winter. But the old technology is uncomfortable and difficult to use. The light box immobilizes patients for a long time in front of the static light source. The helmet, which is linked to a substantial battery box is heavy on the neck and back and impossible to walk around with as it blocks people's view completely.
The Luminette however are light, sit comfortably above the eyes, can be worn with prescription glasses and do not hinder every day tasks. In other words people can put them on and ride the bus to work, read a newspaper, make breakfast. do the ironing or sit at their work terminals.
Francoise Collignon of Forum Media Production introduced the light therapy glasses at a health forum(討論會) in Brussels'(布魯塞爾) EuroControl(歐洲空航管制中心), the European air traffic control centre, which doesn't normally see much light.