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Contact Lenses With See-Through Texting Screens

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Because what good is wearing contacts if a friend can't text a 8===D directly onto your eyeball, scientists at Ghent University are hard at work developing contact lenses with curved LCD displays in them. No word if they'll be blink powered or fry your eyeballs if you cry, but, FUN FACT: I've never cried. "You're crying right now." ...What if I told you my blood is clear?

"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," said Jelle De Smet, the chief researcher on the project.

Are you thinking what I'm thinking? "Probably not." EASY CHEATING ON TESTS. Just keep your head down and the teacher will never know you have all the answers scrolling across your eyeballs! "That's actually not the dumbest thing I've ever heard." Daaaaaw, you mean it?!

Hit the jump for a video of a contact constantly blinking that money sign over and over and over.

Thanks to thatblondeguy, who's actually brown-haired and was just trying to throw the cops off his trail. "I really am blonde." Dye job, DYE JOB.

There are Comments.
  • jimmy

    Thats a 'dollar' sign, not a 'money' sign. Not everyone uses dollars you know...

  • shut up and take my money!

  • And how are we suppose to focus on something attached to our eyeballs? Have you tried focussing on anything closer than your nose? It hurts. I think the only people that will be able to read anything off of these contact lenses is everybody else that's looking at you.

  • JJtoob

    I don't think it's for the wearer to read it, but they could, if they hold a mirror to their face. Another use is that you could set it to alert you by activating some or all of the pixels to obscure your vision for an instant. No more need for sound or vibration from your cell to tell you a text has arrived.

  • Pienix

    I work at the research group that has been developing this. They are well aware that (right now) it is not meant to display text on the lens so you can read it. The immediate applications are, for example, for people with damaged irises. The contact lens displays an artificial iris that can adapt (shrink, grow) according to the incident light.

    In a next step, they might look into some ways to actually focus text onto the retina, but first some other issues need to be resolved.

    You really think they would get research money if they just went "hai, I'm going to put text on a lens so i can read the interwebs, gimme your monies". It just has been sensationalized by the media. A lot.

  • Interesting. I've had the same comment about this product as I had with Google Glasses. Everybody I talk to doesn't seem to understand the focusing issue and they just think it's so cool that augmented reality over glasses (or contacts) is just around the corner... but it's not. I haven't seen anything or anybody been able to get around the fact that you can't focus your eyes that close to your face.

    If it's for damaged irises and to control incoming light, they shouldn't advertise it any other way. Especially with a quote that says "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," said Jelle De Smet, the chief researcher on the project." Because as it stands, the way they show it here, that's impossible.

    Thanks for your input though. What company is working on this (read: are you working for). I'd love to keep up to date with this stuff :)

  • Kenlin Bros

    I think they're supposed to be more like shadow stencils for the inevitable laser vision.

  • Zurar101

    Was just thinking that myself... they should really try printing a static image on a normal contact and put it in their eye to see if they
    can even view it clearly first... seems to me they're just wasting money on something
    that will be useless when completed anyway.

  • Praz

    This is perfect for when I want to reenact my favorite cartoon where the duck's eyes turn in to dollar signs.

  • westmclarenmerc

    GW is right though, he is crying right now, we all cry, all day long, tearducts also keep your eyes covered with a thin layer of fluid. It's just not crying for an emotional reason.

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