Electronic Contact Lenses Permit Text Messages Straight To Eyes

Kontaktlinse 2This is so cyberpunk it sounds like it came out of William Gibson’s imagination… from the Telegraph:

Ghent University’s centre of microsystems technology has developed a spherical curved LCD display which can be embedded in contact lenses and handle projected images using wireless technology.

“Now that we have established the basic technology, we can start working towards real applications, possibly available in only a few years,” said Professor Herbert De Smet.

Unlike previous contact lens displays, which are limited to a few small pixels to make up an image, the new technology allows the whole curved surface of the lens to be used.

One application suggested by the researchers is a “one pixel, fully covered contact lens acting as adaptable sunglasses”.
“This is not science fiction,” said Jelle De Smet, the chief researcher on the project, who believes commercial applications for the lenses will be available within five years…

[continues in the Telegraph]


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  • http://www.facebook.com/randomm.taskk.9 Randoɱ Tåsk

    Twitter will have to change it’s name to blinker then… I can only imagine what military applications are possible with this ‘widget’

    • Anarchy Pony

      I’m sure the spooks will love it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/randomm.taskk.9 Randoɱ Tåsk

        I wouldn’t be surprised they already had it…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003014623738 Coneflower Chianti

    Ah yes, you will then see only whatever they want you to see. In terms of augmented reality, they may be removing more than they add to your ‘personalized’ view of the world. Wonder how long it will take them to figure out how to make these contact lenses last a lifetime and become un-removable?

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.fischer.73 Eric Fischer

    Meh. Give me a call when you have lenses that can see in X-Ray and infrared.

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    this is kind of cool. Imagine video going straight to your eyeballs, shot in first person perspective.

  • Marklar_Prime

    Great, now I gotta die in a car accident because somebody texted John 3:16 to all their Twitter followers in all caps bold 24 pt.

    • BuzzCoastin

      no worries
      Google will save you with a self-driving car

      • Anarchy Pony

        You’ll never have to leave the mental masturbation digital bubble again! Sucks to you meat space!

  • Bob

    Augmented reality here we come!!!!!

  • alizardx

    From a user standpoint, how does this differ from Google Glasses, other than inconveniences that go with wearing contact lenses? As for “What Can Go Wrong” … imagine the software deciding that it needs to completely obscure your real-world surroundings when driving?

    Of course, if one wants to see one’s environment in IR or UV or with visual correction, external cameras on a headset could be used to do this.

  • Simiantongue

    “Now that we have established the basic technology, we can start working towards real applications, possibly available in only a few years,” said Professor Herbert De Smet.

    Yeah applications like scrolling advertisements. All the poor have to do to receive free contacts so they can have 20/20 vision too is to check the option that allows an advertisement scroll at the bottom of their vision and the contacts are completely free!

    Let’s not act like we don’t see that one coming. The fuckers.

    Get it, “see” that one coming? Hey screw you I liked it.

  • Haystack

    I’ve been predicting this for some time. Any day now, as you’re talking to a friend, his eyes will just kind of glaze over, and you’ll ask “Hey, are you texting?”