If you thought you had comfort issues with 3D glasses, and they do give many people headaches, imagine the problems that could be caused by 3D fashion contact lenses. And yet that’s just what a group of researchers at the University of Washington has developed.
The contact lenses in question would have partially transparent LEDs; the scientists have already cracked the problem of making red and blue pixels and when they master green pixels, you’ll be one step closer to watch Avatar in 3D with your eyes closed. That’s something else to consider: once the technology comes to fruition there will be no blocking out unpleasant imagery once you’ve popped the lenses in. Closing your eyes won’t change what you see, only removing the lenses will.
The plan is for the display to turn on and off so you’re not walking around with a colorful mess obstructing your field of vision all of the time. Scientists plan to power these lenses via a belt mounted battery pack that will wirelessl transmit electricity to a resonating antenna in the lens.
Similar technology is being considered for other applications, such as augmented reality contact lenses. With a pair of these babies hugging your retinas, it would be like having an iPhone in your eye, with data on nearby stores, parks, and venues popping up just in front of your pupils. Once this finally hits stores, it’s bound to have an even more profound impact on human interaction than Lady Gaga’s camera glasses.