Now Receive Text Messages on your Contact Lens

London:  Scientists of Belgium have come up with a new technology that will allow the mobile phone messages to be directly projected on the contact lens placed in the human eye.
Professor Herbert De Smet said in the Telegraph that the Ghent University’s centre of micro-systems technology developed the spherical curved LCD display which can be embedded in the contact lenses and handle projected images using wireless technology.

Professor Herbert De Smet also quoted, “Now that we have established the basic technology, we can start working towards real applications, possibly available in only a few years.”
The new technology allows the whole curved surface lens to be used unlike the previous contact lens displays, which are restricted to a few small pixels to make up an image.
“One pixel, fully covered contact lens acting as adaptable sunglasses”, is one application suggested by the researchers.
The chief researcher on the project, De Smet said that this is not a science fiction, adding commercial applications for the lenses will be available within 5 years.
De Smet added, “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.”
Researchers are also looking at the possibility of using the lens as sunglasses which adapt to the level of sunlight. The innovation is the primary step towards the fully pixilated contact lens display with the same detail as the television screen.
The lenses can also be used for the medical purposes such as to control the light transmission towards the eye’s retina in case of damaged iris. The lens could also be used for cosmetic purposes for example the lens can be used to provide the iris of the eye a tunable color, allowing the user to change it to suit their mood.



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