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Scientists Are Working On Bionic Contact Lenses That Stream Real-Time Information In Front Of The Eyes

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Scientists Are Working On Bionic Contact Lenses That Stream Real-Time Information In Front Of The Eyes

Scientists announced that atypeof contact lenses thatwillproject of images in front of the eyescould be soon available to the population.

Bionic contact lenses werea result ofacollaboration between researchers at the University of Washington and the University of Aalto, Finland. They announced that the lenses have obtained good resultsduring animal testing.

Technology will allow those who use contact lenses to read these texts and e-mails that “float” in front of their eyesor to “improve” the 3D images generated by acomputer. Scientists workingare now working on alensdesignthat is safe to be implemented in humans. However, researchers stillface some problems with the power supplyof thedevice. The prototype developed by researchersis working only whenthe wirelessbattery is a few centimeters away from the device. Researchers are optimistic that they will be able to improve the device, now that tests on rabbits have shown that the lens does not have dangerousadverse health effects.

Bionic Contact Lenses

Bionic Contact Lenses

Scientists say that these lenses could be used by drivers, allowing them to see their journey and moving speed projected on the car’swindshield. Also, contact lenses could be used for virtual games, and connecting them to the biosensorsinthe patient’s body may allow them todisplay medical data such as blood pressure andblood sugar levels.

Professor BabakPraviz, research team leader, revealed his team’s next goal: “Now we are working to introduce a pre-programmed text in the lens”.

Designing the contact lens, researchers had to use metal layers with a thickness of only a few nanometers, or 1,000 times thinner than a human hair. They also used LEDs with a maximum diameter of 0.3 millimeters.

Researchers from doctor’s Pravizteam are not the onlyscientists working to develop this typetechnology. A Swiss company, Sensimed, already launched on the marketso-called “smart contact lenses”, which uses a chip to monitor intraocular pressure, helping patients suffering from glaucoma.

Arnaud Bertsch, researcher at the ÉcolePolytechniqueFédérale de Lausanneand one of the specialists who worked with the Sensimedcompany , commented thatfive years ago this type of technology seemeddetached from SF movies, but can become reality soon. Bertschbelieves that contact lenses, 10 years from nowwill be fully computerized displays, and huge stepshave been alreadymade in terms of miniaturization.