Hi-tech contact lenses show texts and maps


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 innovations.

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18 Responses to "Hi-tech contact lenses show texts and maps"

  1. ultrabenosaurus  May 18, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Seriously? The RT article you’re quoting as the source is from nearly 6 months ago AND the text you’ve used is identical. A complete copy-paste job. Is that what qualifies as a worthwhile post for you? Seems pretty cheap and lazy to me.

    • Seth  May 18, 2013 at 11:31 pm


    • Derek  May 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      I second that comment. True plagiarist?

  2. Tyler Dixon  May 18, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Then it gets hacked and we’re all seeing Demons.

  3. Seth  May 18, 2013 at 11:34 pm


  4. Ivy  May 19, 2013 at 2:43 am

    Hi-tech contact lenses show texts and maps . This sounds exciting, but can you imagine another distraction while driving or being present in a face to face conversation with some one. What is it’s power source? How does that work with your body. No cancer causing vibes???

  5. Sevon  May 19, 2013 at 3:33 am

    See this would be cool and all but I don’t want to imagine what people are going to do with this, im pretty sure it says something like “don’t sleep with them in eyes” and people probably would. which would bring about some weird new disease and cause another epidemic

  6. bamskie libre  May 19, 2013 at 4:30 am

    another tech gadget designed to make you and me lazy to move and add us another layer of fat.

    • Ewan  May 19, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Really? Is that really how you think about the potential uses for this? Isn’t this precisely about enabling the opposite? Rather than having to sit at a computer all day you could work while in the gym, walking, hiking, cycling etc…

      The precise value of wearable computing is so you can have the benefits which currently require you to remain stationary, while on the move.

  7. frankie  May 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    the earth would live if only this kills all of you

  8. Leaveil Claasen  May 24, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I can just imagine people starting to spam you directly in your field of vision… no looking away “MALE PERFORMANCE ENHANCERS NOW 25% OFF”


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