Fiction or Reality? We Could Project Mobile SMS onto Contact Lenses

In a new development by scientists, it is now possible to project text messages from mobile phones on to contact lens wore by recipient eyes.

This path-breaking technology has been exhibited by Belgian researchers. Ghent University’s Centre of Micro-Systems Technology’s spherical LCD display has been enclosed in the contact lens which conducts the projected image using wireless technology.

“Now that we have established the basic technology, we can start working towards real applications, possibly available in only a few years,” said Professor Herbert De Smet.

The new revelation allows for use of whole curved surface of the lens contrary to the previous contact lens displays which only uses few pixels to form an image.

One application suggested by the researchers is a “one pixel, fully covered contact lens acting as adaptable sunglasses”.

“This is not science fiction,” said De Smet, the Chief Researcher on the project, adding commercial applications for the lenses will be available within five years.

“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,” said De Smet.

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