Contact lenses that display text messages

Contact lenses that display text messages
It is getting pretty spooky how quickly science fiction is approaching “science reality.” Researchers at Ghent University in Belgium have been able to produce a spherically curved LCD unit which may find its way into a contact lens. The LCD can handle projected images using wireless connectivity.

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

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44 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

Cool, but no thanks... I don't wanna end up getting eye cancer :/

3. mahmoudxcom

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

!! how this is related to eye cancer ?

4. wendygarett unregistered

Everyone knows that contact lenses is an unhealthy product duh :p

11. LOTR12

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 04, 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.

13. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

+1...

17. wendygarett unregistered

Aww jeez, you still remember that? Lol Don't forget the Google glass ya :)

18. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

I want them for my exams. If you know what I mean. ;)

30. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

why? Your dumbass can't take an exam on your own? Pathetic...

44. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

FA LA LA LA DAYS!!!!!!

31. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Do shut up....

24. JohnnyBravo

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 02, 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 unregistered

You crack me up, Wendy. I laughed for about 5 minutes after I read that.

28. danny_a2005

Posts: 340; Member since: Oct 06, 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: Dec 17, 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: Dec 09, 2012

Wendy you are great like always :)) I was waiting this comment from you :)

41. MauriceGerald

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 09, 2012

Wendy you are great, like always:) Waiting this post from you:)

45. Xquisite

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

You have to be one of the most successful trolls EVER.

2. mahmoudxcom

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 04, 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: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

5. Thephonegeek

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

RIP healthy eyes.

10. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

screw that I already have -4 D. I don't wan't to be even worse

32. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 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: 2238; Member since: Feb 14, 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: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 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: 375; Member since: Feb 17, 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

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Cool.. I wanna change my eye color into blue

9. Shubham412302

Posts: 546; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

so may be the age of transparent phones is comming

12. UdhaiyaPrasanth

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Mission Impossible inspired..?

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