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Contact Lenses Go Bionic

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New Contact Lenses Go Bionic By Clara Moskowitz

 

posted: 18 January 2008 01:49 pm ET

 

http://www.livescience.com/health/080118-super-contacts.html

 

If you've ever wanted to be the Bionic Woman or a Terminator, new research may at least let you see with their eyes. Scientists have taken the first step toward creating digital contact lenses that can zoom in on distant objects and display useful facts.

For the first time, engineers have installed an electronic circuit and lights on a regular contact lens.

The prototype they created does not actually light up or display information. But it proves that it is possible to build an electronic lens that is safe to wear and doesn't obstruct vision.

"Looking through a completed lens, you would see what the display is generating superimposed on the world outside," said Babak Parviz, an electrical engineer at the University of Washington who worked on the project. "This is a very small step toward that goal, but I think it's extremely promising."

The project was led by Harvey Ho, a former graduate student of Parviz's now working at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, Calif., who presented the results this week at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' international conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems in Tucson, AZ.

It was difficult for the researchers to graft the tiny electrical circuits, built from layers of metal only a few nanometers thick (for comparison, the width of a typical human hair is about 80,000 nanometers), onto the contact lenses, which are made of organic materials that are safe for the body.

The engineers tested the finished lenses on rabbits for up to 20 minutes and the animals showed no problems.

Eventually, the technique could yield a plethora of gadgets. Perhaps drivers and pilots could see their direction and speed projected across their view, or people could surf the Web without looking at an external device's screen. Video gamers could immerse themselves in game landscapes directly in front of their eyes. Maybe the technique could even create sight aids for visually-impaired people.

"People may find all sorts of applications for it that we have not thought about," Parviz said. "Our goal is to demonstrate the basic technology and make sure it works and that it's safe."

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SON i heard this on 810am radio this morning and shat myself while driving. i could give a fuck about real world applications right now,

 

DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS WILL DO FOR THE VIDEOGAME INDUSTRY?

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oh shit. you can zoom in with your eyes

 

heh! :D

 

 

 

but yeah, this could be sweet for the gaming industry.

kiss this crap goodbye..

virtboy.jpg

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that game system would have been awesome had the graphics not sucked.

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That Virtual Boy shit used to give me crazy headaches.

 

 

 

Those contacts would be sweet for stalking. I'd haxxor mine to give up private info on total babes.

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that game system would have been awesome had the graphics not sucked.

 

yeah.

i had one. i bought it for like $5 and sold it for $50.

the only game i had was mario tennis.

 

mario-tennis-virtual-boy.jpg

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By the time they make one useful enough to see through clothing, women will all ready be walking around naked the way things are going.

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yeah because walking around looking at shit with random words popping up in front of your eyes wouldn't get distracting at all.

 

nor would it cause car accidents.

 

retarded.

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How would you go abou turning that shit off, if you closed your eyes wouldn't you still see shit?

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