Smart contacts: The future of the wearable you won’t even see

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One day, contact lenses could do much more than just correct our vision

The notion of wearing lenses over our eyes to correct our vision dates back hundreds of years, with some even crediting Leonardo da Vinci as one of the first proponents of the idea (though that remains somewhat controversial). Material science and our understanding of the human eye have come a long way since, while their purpose has remained largely the same. In the age of wearable computers, however, scientists in the laboratories of DARPA, Google, and universities around the world see contact lenses not just as tools to improve our vision, but as opportunities to augment the human experience. But how? And why?

As a soft, transparent disc of plastic and silicone that you wear on your eyeball, a contact lens may seem like a very bad place to put electronics. But if you look beneath the surface, the idea of a smart contact lens has real merit, and that begins with its potential to improve our well-being.

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Scientists create contact lenses that zoom on command

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Blink twice to get a closer look.

Nosebleed seats may soon be a thing of the past. Scientists at the University of California San Diego have created a prototype contact lens that is controlled by the eye’s movements. Wearers can make the lenses zoom in or out by simply blinking twice. A paper detailing the team’s findings was published this month in Advanced Functional Materials.

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Smart contact lenses could record everything you see

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Imagine being able to play back a crystal clear video of the greatest moments of your life: your first kiss, that huge win at the casino, or the time Bill Murray approached you on the street, gave you a bear hug, and vanished into the night. In the near future, we may all be equipped with contact lenses that record video all day long. This isn’t far-flung science fiction. Sony, Google and Samsung are working on the wearable tech right now.

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New crazy device that promises perfect vision for the rest of your life

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Having invented a device that lets you see “three times better than 20/20 vision” without wearing any contacts or glasses at all — for an entire lifetime, an optometrist from British Columbia believes he’s created the holy grail of corrective lenses.   Continue reading… “New crazy device that promises perfect vision for the rest of your life”

New telescopic contact lenses can zoom 3X

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Eric Tremblay from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology unveiled the new visual aids last Friday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in California.  The first of its kind and innovative new vision-enhancing system, includes a set of telescopic lenses and smart glasses that can distinguish between blinks and winks so that the user can easily flick between zoomed and normal vision. Continue reading… “New telescopic contact lenses can zoom 3X”

Graphene contact lenses could give everyone night vision

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Contact lenses with night vision could be on the way.

We all might be able to experience soon the super hero ability of having night vision thanks to graphene contact lenses. Contact lenses one day in the near future will be able to register the entire infrared spectrum as well as visible and ultraviolet light, according to Zhaohui Zhong, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Michigan.

 

 

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Contact lenses that give you telescopic vision

A prototype contact lens-and-glasses system that lets you zoom in on something to 2.8X magnification.

New contact lenses have been created that when paired with special spectacles, bestow telescopic vision on their wearers.  The contact-lens-and-spectacles combination magnifies scene details by 2.8 times.

 

 

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Virtual reality contact lenses could be here by 2014

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The lenses sit directly on the eyeball, and have been engineered using nanoscale techniques to work as a focusing device that pairs with a pair of hi-tech glasses.

Innovega, a company in the U.S. says, contact lenses which focus 3D screens directly into people’s eyeballs could be on sale as early as 2014.  The tiny ‘screens’ sit directly on users’ eyeballs and work with a pair of lightweight glasses with a built-in translucent screen.

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Bionic Eyesight Could Become Reality with Electronic Contact Lenses

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Contact lenses with built-in electronics and an LED, powered wirelessly by RF.

A new generation of contact lenses built with tiny circuits and LEDs could make bionic eyesight a reality.  Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle have created contact lenses with built-in electronics and an LED, powered wirelessly by RF.

 

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