University of Michigan Scientist: Night Vision Contact Lenses Coming Soon

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They’re not here yet, but Dr. Zhong says that advances in nanotechnology and night vision tech using the material graphene may open the door to ultra-thin night vision contacts. Oh, and if you want to know more about graphene, you might enjoy reading this.

Via HuffPo:

“We can make the entire design super-thin,” Dr. Zhaohui Zhong, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the university, said in a written statement. “It can be stacked on a contact lens or integrated with a cell phone.”

The key to the new technology is a lightweight and super-strong form of carbon known as graphene. Ordinarily, graphene absorbs only about 2.3 percent of light that hits it — not enough to generate a usable infrared signal. But by combining two layers of graphene with an insulator, the researchers were able to boost the signal dramatically. Sensors made of sandwiched graphene can detect the full infrared spectrum, in addition to visible and ultraviolet light.

Zhong and his team have yet to integrate their technology into contact lenses, but he says the technological pathway to such devices is clear.

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6 Comments on "University of Michigan Scientist: Night Vision Contact Lenses Coming Soon"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Mar 20, 2014 at 5:25 pm |

    I’d settle for night vision glasses.

  2. kowalityjesus | Mar 20, 2014 at 11:15 pm |

    The advances are dazzling, but this is just another example of a technology I will not see in my lifetime anywhere but for the top 5% of income levels.

    • Damien Quinn | Mar 21, 2014 at 7:20 am |

      Chin up friend, there hasn’t been a single technological advance in the last century or so that hasn’t become cheap in the following decades.

      Besides, graphene is made with sticky tape and pencil lead. Third world factories will be turning these out for cheap party favors two years after they’re invented.

      • kowalityjesus | Mar 21, 2014 at 10:34 am |

        ‘preciate that. I just wish more people could afford to be concerned about this stuff. I just picked up a bunch of trash from the ground in my neighborhood. What does it bode for all these tech dreams when a good portion of people can’t even dispose of their copious waste properly? Outside pollution is not incongruent with inside pollution. Sorry, Negative-Nancy mode engaged.

  3. Are these guys just stupid? writing an image or picture on the cornea shows you nothing. You have to write it on the retina. Have to pass collimated light through the cornea, not LEDs on the cornea.

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