vrijdag, januari 18, 2008

Contact lenses superimpose data on your world

Scientists have deviced a contact lens with electronic circuitry built into the lens. They tested it on rabbits, and they seemed to be fine after wearing the lens for 20 minutes. It's only a step, but if they manage to outfit this lens with flexibel screen tech and maybe a (one pixel) camera, you could do a lot of handy things to combine data and the real world view (also known as augmented reality). To name just a few: drivers or pilots could see a vehicle's speed or route projected onto the windshield. Video-game companies could use the contact lenses to completely immerse players
in a virtual world without restricting their range of motion. And for communications, people on the go could surf the Internet on a midair virtual display screen that only they would be able to see.

Future improvements will add wireless communication to and from the lens. The researchers hope to power the whole system using a combination of radio-frequency power and solar cells placed on the lens. Source: NGN ezine.
More info. TechnologyReview has a nice article about this development as well, stating some more uses of the lens, like sensors that show (dangerous) aerosols etc.

Update apr 2012: Innovega has a lense in development that promises to deliver a full hd (and even 3d) projection while you can both see the added (augmented) image and your normal via clear and focused.

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