11.28.11

These augmented contact lenses could give you a real-life HUD

Researchers are readying augmented contact lenses that project images before your eyes—Adam Jensen style. While potentially not as cool looking as the Deus Ex hero’s Oakley-esque implants, at least people won’t wonder why you are wearing sunglasses indoors. 

The technology could allow wearers to read floating texts and emails or augment their sight with computer-generated images, Terminator-syle.

For example, drivers could wear them to see journey directions or their vehicle’s speed projected onto the windscreen.

Similarly, the lenses could take the virtual world of video gaming to a new level.

Early tests show the device is safe and feasible, says the University of Washington in Seattle. But there are still wrinkles to iron out, like finding a good power source. Currently, their crude prototype device can only work if it is within centimetres of the wireless battery. And its microcircuitry is only enough for one light-emitting diode, reports the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering.

Source: BBC

Image: Brian Taylor

-Jason Johnson