contact lens Researchers develop contact lenses that can display text messages

Researchers at the Centre of Microsystems Technology in Gent University have developed contact lenses that can display text messages, marking the latest advance in augmented reality technology.

Researchers at the Centre of Microsystems Technology in Gent University have developed contact lenses that can display text messages, marking the latest advance in augmented reality technology.

 
The scientists came up with a curved LCD display that can be made into contact lenses and can project images over a wireless connection.
 
“This is not science fiction,” said Jelle De Smet, chief researcher for the project. “This will never replace the cinema screen for films. But for specific applications it may be interesting to show images such as road directions or projecting text messages from our smart phones straight to our eye.”
 
contact lens Researchers develop contact lenses that can display text messages
 
The potential applications are not limited to a mini experience of what we have on our smartphones, however, as the researchers are exploring the idea of one pixel, fully covered contact lenses that can act as a pair of adaptable sunglasses, adjusting to match the sun.
 
They could also be used to treat damage to the eye, by helping control the light transmitted to the retina, or they could be used to adjust people's eye colour instead of switching contact lenses.
 
Displays made into contact lenses are not a new thing, but they usually have severe limitations in place, such as only being able to display a few pixels of information on part of the lens. This latest development utilises the whole lens surface.
 
Source: The Telegraph
Image Credit: Gent University