Researchers at the University of Washington and Finland’s Aalto University have developed a set of contacts which have worked successfully in rabbits, but which they claim are safe for human use. The contacts, which still require a close power source (in this case the power source must be within 2 cm of the contacts), allow users to have augmented reality experiences without the use of a display at all.
Imagine, dooh without a display, a teleconference without the need to be near any of the gear or watching a 3D movie where the action is built into your own world. Those immensely addicted to World of Warcraft will also find it hard to resist using this type of technology to further distance themselves from actual experience.
Babak Praviz, one of the technology’s inventors discussed the lenses:
“We have demonstrated the operation of a contact lens display powered by a remote radio frequency transmitter in free space and on a live rabbit. This verifies that antennas, radio chips, control circuitry, and micrometre-scale light sources can be integrated into a contact lens and operated on live eyes.”
The lenses will have to become thinner, flatter and include more pixels for a better experience for them to actually make it into the hands of users later, but this is certainly a decent start at a very intriguing technology.