27.11.11

Contact lens projects data in front of your eyes

AUTHOR: Inavate

Science fiction takes a step closer to reality as contact lenses that project information onto the wearer’s retina near production. The latest development of a project that has involved researchers from the University of Washington and Aalto University in Finland demonstrates a contact lens embedded with a tiny LED that can light up when a wireless signal is sent to it.

A paper that appeared in the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering demonstrated the latest findings from a research team that has worked on the concept for many years.

Associate Professor Babak Amir Parviz, part of the electrical engineering department of the University of Washington and co-author of the paper, was quoted by science news site, ABC Science, as saying: "Some day maybe we'll have full-fledged streaming in your contact lenses."

"If we can make very small devices of various sorts, if we have the ability to put them into different materials, what can I do with this contact lens that I stare at every morning?"