Contact lenses that display text messages
The fundamental technology behind this concept already existed to a certain extent, but the researchers at the university’s Center of Microsystems Technology have been able to take it a step further and allow use of the whole surface of the curved lens. “Now that we have established the basic technology, we can start working towards real applications, possibly available in only a few years,” according to Professor Herbert De Smet. That is an impressive, if ambitious, prediction. However, at the rate that technology has been advancing, we are not going to contest that objective at all.
Some potential applications would be remarkably simple, such as lenses that would adjust pigmentation and serve as sunglasses. Other applications might involve conveying text messages or navigation instructions. The possibilities do not stop there, this technology may offer additional methods to correct certain vision impairments by controlling light transmission to the retina. Those that like to influence their own mood may be able to adjust coloration and choose to see the world through rose-colored lenses.
For now, the technology is approaching clarity that we might see on a computer monitor. Of course the real trick is to make all that work, provide means of power, wireless connectivity, while assuring comfort and confidence for the user so that he or she is not concerned about putting all that in their eye in the first place. Check out the video below. It is no wonder why they chose to flash the dollar-sign throughout, if they are able to achieve viable commercial applications in “only a few years,” there will be a lot of money counting going on for sure.
source: The Telegraph
1. wendygarett (unregistered)
Cool, but no thanks...
I don't wanna end up getting eye cancer :/
4. wendygarett (unregistered)
Everyone knows that contact lenses is an unhealthy product duh :p
11. LOTR12 (Posts: 13; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)
Just like an 1080p 5 inch screen would give you eye cancer, huh. Oh wendy, you come up with the random-est comments ever.
17. wendygarett (unregistered)
Aww jeez, you still remember that? Lol
Don't forget the Google glass ya :)
18. sid07desai (Posts: 277; Member since: 03 May 2012)
I want them for my exams. If you know what I mean. ;)
30. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
why? Your dumbass can't take an exam on your own? Pathetic...
29. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Would totally be cool if this lens tech was proven safe and lasted all day or longer. Until then I'd be happy with Google Glass...not keen on anything touching my eyes just yet.
24. JohnnyBravo (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)
Thumbs down on this one.
Let me just say that this was quite possibly the most ignorant comment Ive read so far in my short PA time. That is like a new Wonderbra coming out with enhanced boob lifting technology and people saying "no thanks it will give me breast cancer." No research done or anything...what?! And if you were just trying to start something in the comments section then it was pretty lame. Nothing personal just overall bad comment.
With that said, I look forward to this technology on all levels. I can totally see this being beneficial. Text messages, calls, Xbox integration just to name a few. These contacts will probably be very expensive when they come out but I for one will check them out. Not to mention they will make me feel like the T1000 Terminator muahahaha!
26. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2717; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
You crack me up, Wendy. I laughed for about 5 minutes after I read that.
28. danny_a2005 (Posts: 119; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)
Really? Actually... Phonearena wouldn't be the same without wendy's comment, they r so dumb... Lol
34. webOSlove (unregistered)
I didn't know eye cancer existed. Thanks for the tip.
38. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)
These kind of lenses are in use already by the government. And not only them, if you got money you can get them.
40. MauriceGerald (Posts: 18; Member since: 09 Dec 2012)
Wendy you are great like always :)) I was waiting this comment from you :)
41. MauriceGerald (Posts: 18; Member since: 09 Dec 2012)
Wendy you are great, like always:) Waiting this post from you:)
45. Xquisite (Posts: 87; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)
You have to be one of the most successful trolls EVER.
2. mahmoudxcom (Posts: 7; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
that's nice but i've thinking they will have hard time to implement the wireless and power in one package to make this lenses wearable.
27. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I was thinking the same thing!! It's a cool concept, but it may be some time away before seeing something like this actually in the market place.
10. bbblader (Posts: 583; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
screw that I already have -4 D. I don't wan't to be even worse
32. BattleBrat (Posts: 1175; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
I use contacts, as long as you keep them clean and make sure your eyes are properly hydrated you'll be fine.... whiners....
6. Dr.Phil (Posts: 931; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
I wonder how your eyes will be able to adjust from going to reading very small text right in front of them to refocusing away. Not to mention the cost of having these. I'll stick with Google Glass for now.
36. raunak (Posts: 505; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)
lol you dont have to "refocus away". Just like in glasses, the actual glass is really close to the eye but the image formed is far. Which is why the text will look like it is a feet away or two, depending on how far they want it to be.
42. troutsy (Posts: 282; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
I don't think that is right at all. The actual image is generally "far" away from your eyes. The lenses are close to your eyes, but they simply adjust how the virtual image is being projected onto your retina.
I think it's like the Batman symbol floodlight (but in reverse); you can't just stick a Batman sticker on a flashlight and point it at the wall.
IMO, the only viable applications for this are to adjust how your eyes appear to other people.
7. MeoCao (unregistered)
Nice eforts, but not really a breakthrough. The key is cramming large number of pixels into a small screen, once that is achieved we can see lots of different uses for it.
Currently Google Glass is the most suitable for consumer use.
8. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
Cool.. I wanna change my eye color into blue
9. Shubham412302 (Posts: 305; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
so may be the age of transparent phones is comming
37. TheCynicalTechie (Posts: 78; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
This was being developed long before the movie came out.
20. mydi.maus (unregistered)
i got this last Christmas..and shoots laser.but its useless.
21. coppico (Posts: 22; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)
what are you saying w/ the $ sign designers?? that it's costly? lol
23. cripton805 (Posts: 997; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
I had this idea over ten years ago when I was ten years old!!! Damn. I should have bought the patent!!!
Except it was with mobile gaming and artificial holograms through the lenses.
35. RubiksGuy (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)
Speaking of which... MicroSystems better haul a$$ to the patent office before Apple gets there and claims that this was their original invention!
25. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
How does it communicate wirelessly? How is it powered?
The lcd might be ready in a few years, but all the other components still need tons of work.
33. MC1123 (Posts: 1249; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
kinda good butr scary idea... and how will you read a text on contact lense?
39. Janell (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
I can see it now (no pun intended): you'll choose your AT&T-type carrier, then the 4G LTE version of speed, and pay according to REMs between messages. In my Dallas hair salon, I'd blink between appointments and make new ones. How cool!
43. aahmed215 (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
Reminds me of the Futurama episode where they install the Apple product in the guy's eyes.