Not a sci-fi anymore? You bet your hiny that it’s not! After Google’s Project Glass I wondered how long we would have to wait for the entire description from “Barriers of the New World” to appear on shelves in stores near you. Not long, it seems…[Hide]
“This is not science fiction,” chief researcher for the project Jelle De Smet told the Telegraph.
…The person wearing those glasses could open up the top frame by touch––hence the term “movable”––and access the screen beneath it. That screen enabled the viewer to manipulate objects of interest. If you watched cerebral television––and that was the only kind you could buy; the others were pulled out of distribution because they were deemed energy-inefficient––with these glasses, you could stop the program to single out the main actress or anyone else that you focused on at the moment of your thought command. The object of your attention would then be singled out before you in 3D form, giving you a wide array of options––from looking at the person from all angles, to pre-programmed interactions such as talking, dancing, etc. When you had had enough, you would pull the frame down and resume the program. The frenzy for those glasses was incredible, because they made it possible for you to hang out with your favorite characters all day if you wanted to. You could single out the entire scene from a movie and experience it as if you were there. I used to see people in the park sitting immersed in their inner world, absent and oblivious to their real surroundings.
Imagine texting while driving, or placing a call while showering, without holding your phone in your hands. It’s not sci-fi any more – a new technology allows information like text messages and driving directions to be projected onto a contact lens.The hardware behind this invention is a spherical curved LCD display that can fit into a contact lens, developed by Ghent University’s Centre of Microsystems Technology in Belgium.
These lenses may hit the market within the next few years. In an upgrade from previous models, a new LCD display allows the entire curved surface of the lens to be used.
Earlier versions were based on LEDs, where the display resolution would be limited to only a small number of pixels.
The University of Washington has also been developing new generation of contact lenses that would receive emails and would be able to project information from the Internet, much like in the movie ‘Terminator.’