Contact lenses that display text messages
posted by Maxwell R. / Dec 09, 2012, 3:13 AM
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
Cool, but no thanks... I don't wanna end up getting eye cancer :/
posted on Dec 09, 2012, 3:16 AM 13
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!! how this is related to eye cancer ?
posted on Dec 09, 2012, 3:26 AM 11
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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!
posted on Dec 09, 2012, 12:02 PM 3
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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.
posted on Dec 09, 2012, 3:24 AM 1
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RIP healthy eyes.
posted on Dec 09, 2012, 3:38 AM 4
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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.
posted on Dec 09, 2012, 3:42 AM 2
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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.
posted on Dec 09, 2012, 8:59 PM 1
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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.
posted on Dec 10, 2012, 7:37 AM 0
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.
posted on Dec 09, 2012, 3:50 AM 1
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