Jan 22 2008It's About Time: Self-Assembling Bionic Eyes

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Finally, bionic vision. I've been waiting for this technology forever, and apparently it's right around the corner, waiting to pounce on me like a mugger. We have a group of electrical engineers from the University of Washington to thank for this awesome step into the future. The idea was to provide a means of streaming information in your field of vision without the use of some goofy looking glasses.

Sporting circuits a few nanometers thick and grain-of-sand-sized light-emitting diodes, the lenses have full Count Zero potential. They're also the product of some ingenious hackery: since contact lenses are delicate and circuit manufacture is hot and toxic, the researchers designed each component to attach itself only to certain other components. Their powder of circuits and diodes literally self-assembled into gadgetry when sprinkled onto the lens plastic.

The engineers say they'll have basic models out "fairly quickly", but the cooler wireless-enabled and radio/solar charging ones will take longer. And sadly, at this end of this post, I come to the realization that bionic vision has nothing to do with seeing through a woman's shirt.

Self-Assembling Bionic Eyes Coming Soon [wired]

Thanks to Sebastian, who doesn't need any special technology to get to see a woman's hooters, for the tip

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yea but can you watch porn through em?

I need a bionic liver more at this point, but I guess it's a step in the right direction.

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About fn time!

"since contact lenses are delicate and circuit manufacture is hot and toxic,"

what?! porn would be great, but i dont want it to make me even more blind.

This is amazing. I love the part about the "self-assembly." If I had money, I would totally fund these projects, but alas, I am poor. It's almost like having the screen part of a DLP projector put right in front of your eye...I would say that it'd be viewing in HD, but the truth is, our eye is more complicated, as we see an infinate number of "pixels."

I hope this thing helps all us blind people out.

If you're blind... how are you reading this?

If anyone here has seen the anime Dennou Coil this technology has direct applications for the premise of that show. Can't wait to see where this goes.

You don't have to be "legally blind" in order to be blind. Besides, all of us who wear corrective lenses call ourselves blind (at least most of us).

By the look of the lens in the picture, if i wore that i'd just be looking at an othello board where the whites had landslide victory.

oh and uh, what exactly is 'legally blind'?

that would be blind in the legal sense

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