Mask wearers’ misty specs misery could be at an end thanks to an innovative Peterborough couple
The misery of misty specs for mask wearers could be cleared thanks to a Peterborough couple who turned a lockdown hobby into a global business.
James and Jasmine Coulter, of Fletton, have devised the Jenson Defogger - a nose clip that stops lenses steaming up while a face mask is being worn.
The couple began making the clips on a 3D printer bought to make gifts to sell online as something to do during the first national lockdown.
But within hours of the clips going on sale, thousands of orders poured in from across the world.
Customers include individuals, companies and the public sector with one UK police force buying 2,500 and an NHS Trust also putting in a sizeable order.
The inspiration for the clips came from Mr Coulter’s father-in-law after he complained that having to wear a mask during the Covid-19 crisis always made his spectacles steam up.
James said: “My father-in-law mentioned the problem he was having with his glasses steaming up when wearing a mask.
“I told him to leave it with me and started to think about how the problem could be solved.
“I thought that some kind of clip to wear over a mask would work and created a prototype on the 3D printer.
“The clip worked even better than I had imagined.
“It solves the problem of glasses fogging up and secures the mask better for non-glasses wearers, too.
“When I posted about it on Facebook I sold 20 in just five minutes, so I decided to advertise them for sale on Etsy.
“I was staggered at the response, taking orders for 10,000 overnight.
“I had to upgrade to a better printer straight away.”
The soaring popularity of the Jenson Defogger - named after the couple’s son - effectively turned the hobby into a family business.
Now the couple have a dozen 3D printers to keep up with demand.
James and Jasmine have since introduced more products to their Etsy shop, including other face mask accessories, cookie cutters and personalised keyrings.
Other products are now under development as the couple look to take their fledgling business to the next level.
The Jenson Defoggers cost just £2.75 each.
Anyone interested can visit https://jc3ddesign.co.uk/product/face-mask-glasses-defogger/ to place an order.