Scientists working for the University of Washington are working on solar powered contact-lenses which come with their own computers on board.
According to Stumble Upon Professor Babak Amir Parviz and his team want to embed hundreds of semitransparent LEDs onto a thin lens, letting wearers experience augmented reality right through their eyes.
The computers will allow a range of things from health monitoring to just bionic sight that the six million dollar man would be proud of.
The lens uses sensors and wireless technology. Parviz said that the lenses don’t need to be very complex to be useful. Even a lens with a single pixel could aid people with impaired hearing or be incorporated as an indicator into computer games.
With more colours and resolution, the repertoire could be expanded to include displaying text, translating speech into captions in real time, or offering visual cues from a navigation system. With basic image processing and Internet access, a contact-lens display could unlock whole new worlds of visual information, unfettered by the constraints of a physical display.
Soon it will be possible to connect your eyes to a navigation system so that you don’t get lost. This will be stage one in a technology which will ultimately mean that what we see is not reality. Mind you, the Buddhists have been saying that for centuries.