Text messages from mobile and images directly on the contact lens in the eye

Contact lens display technology (Credit: IMEC)

Researchers from Ghent University’s centre of microsystems technology in Belgium have developed a technology that will show the text messages from a mobile phone and other such information directly on the contact lens worn in the human eye.

Researchers have made a spherical curved LCD display that can be integrated into the contact lenses and show images by means of wireless technology.

“Now that we have established the basic technology, we can start working towards real applications, possibly available in only a few years,” Prof. Herbert De Smet, who is supervising CMST’s display group, said in a statement.

This new technology allows the whole surface to display the image contrary to the previous contact lens display technologies, which were limited to a few pixels to make up an image.

Contact lens displaying sign of dollar near human eye (Credit: IMEC)

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

“This is not science fiction,” said Jelle De Smet, the principal researcher on the project, who believes commercial applications for the lenses will be available within next 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.”

Not only in technology but these lenses can also be used in medical field such as to protect the eye’s retina from the light transmission in case of a damaged iris. It can also be used in cosmetic industry to change the color according to the mood.


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