Simply put, this man is a genius who wants to make the world a better place - A doctoral candidate from MIT has developed a way to manufacture eyeglasses cheaply, quickly, and requiring only items available in most Western homes. His goal in inventing the machine is to make glasses for the developing world at prices that everyone can afford.
But for every massive step forward, for every titanic advance in humanity and science, there will always be the squirrelly/gnomish guy in the corner who invents hamster-controlled MIDI.
That's right - hamster-controlled MIDI.
I'm fairly confident that this is a sign of the end-times - or that our world is slowly becoming Dragonlance fan-fic.
(The crazier part of the story is this guy who wanted to do it with ferrets)