January 17, 2008

Contact Lenses Could Project Mobile Phone Displays Directly into the Eye

thumb_Contact_Lenses_Could_Project_Mobile_Phone_Displays_Directly_into_the_Eye_1.jpg thumb_Contact_Lenses_Could_Project_Mobile_Phone_Displays_Directly_into_the_Eye_2.jpg Imagine walking down the street and as your mobile phone rings, the name of the caller suddenly appears floating in the air in front of you. That is one of the possibilities offered by a new contact lens which incorporates electronic circuits which can create a type of heads-up display, right within the eyeball. Cellular News reports.

"Engineers at the University of Washington have for the first time used manufacturing techniques at microscopic scales to combine a flexible, biologically safe contact lens with an imprinted electronic circuit and lights.

There are many possible uses for virtual displays. Drivers or pilots could see a vehicle's speed projected onto the windshield. Video-game companies could use the contact lenses to completely immerse players in a virtual world without restricting their range of motion. And for communications, people on the go could surf the Internet on a midair virtual display screen that only they would be able to see."

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