Hi-tech contact lenses show texts and maps

from trueactivist.com: Imagine texting while driving, or placing a call while showering,
without holding your phone in your hands. 

It’s not sci-fi any more – a
new technology allows information like text messages and driving
directions to be projected onto a contact lens

The hardware behind this invention is a spherical curved LCD display
that can fit into a contact lens, developed by Ghent University’s Centre
of Microsystems Technology in Belgium.

“This is not science fiction,” chief researcher for the project Jelle De Smet told the Telegraph. “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.”

These lenses may hit the market within the next few years. In an
upgrade from previous models, a new LCD display allows the entire curved
surface of the lens to be used.

Earlier versions were based on LEDs, where the display resolution would be limited to only a small number of pixels.

The University of Washington has also been developing new generation
of contact lenses that would receive emails and would be able to project
information from the Internet
, much like in the movie ‘Terminator.’

Other uses of the lens include the concept of adaptable sunglasses –
the contact lenses would darken on exposure to light. The lenses could
also be used in the fields of medicine and cosmetics.

These advances mark the push for a much wider development of the
technology, with the aim of creating a fully pixelated contact lens
display as detailed as a television screen. 

Tech giants such as Google and Apple have been working to develop
similar technology. This past year, Google introduced Project Glass –
frames for eyeglasses that project a small computer display into a
person’s field of vision. Apple has reportedly patented similar

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