Internet-Enabled Contact Lense Could Bring You Eye To Eye With Web Surfing

Internet-Enabled Contact Lense Could Bring You Eye To Eye With Web Surfing
technology

Ongoing research looks into embedding augmented reality technology into contact lenses.

Stephen Fortune
  • 24 march 2011

 

It doesn’t seem that long ago now that a Robocop view of the world was just another video that went viral. However research at the University of Washington suggests that the world’s first internet-enabled contact lens is not that far from reality. So far the team has fabricated contact lenses that include semi-transparent microscale electronics, including single-crystal silicon transistors, radio chips, antennas, diffusion resistors, LEDs, and silicon photodetectors.
All of these components combine to form a circuit that is grafted onto a contact lens, powered by the vibrations of radio waves. The research uses cutting-edge optoelectronic components, which are also semi-transparent–a crucial factor in creating the augmented reality effect:

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