You may think this looks like something you’d never see outside a James Bond or Mission Impossible flick, but smart contact lenses may soon help wearers capture and display information about what they’re seeing in real-time. This century-old technology is getting its biggest upgrade since the disposable lens was released in the late ‘80s. And embedded vision makes it possible.
Smart Contact Lenses Address Complex Problems
Before we discuss how sci-fi is in the making with contact lens tech, let’s consider some practical applications. When it was first developed in the late 1800s, the contact lens had a simple task to correct the vision of the wearer. But thanks to a growing interest in wearable technology, developers began asking if the contact lens could do more.
Some vision problems can’t be solved with the traditional contact lens. Researchers are looking into solutions for aniridia, an underdevelopment of the iris. A new smart contact lens contains its own embedded iris made up of LCD cells with a thin-film transistor. The smart lens controls how light enters the retina to help restore vision and reduce light sensitivity.
Aside from vision correction, smart contacts can assist with the management of other conditions. Contacts have been developed that can deliver eye medication. Instead of having to remember when to put in their eye drops, those suffering from glaucoma or recovering from eye surgery can trust they’re getting the proper treatment. And diabetics will be thrilled to hear about smart contact lenses that can monitor blood glucose levels. Goodbye finger pricks!
How Embedded Vision Is Evolving the Smart Contact Lens
Besides providing health benefits, smart contact lenses may soon enhance human vision with the power of artificial intelligence. Researchers discovered that a tiny camera and display could be positioned within a contact lens to overlay information onto the wearer’s field of vision.
Thanks to advancements in embedded vision, these tiny cameras could identify objects and even people. Then a connection to the internet could allow you to find out detailed information. Imagine meeting a person for the first time and having instant access to their public profile. Never forget a business contact’s name again!
Smart contact lenses could even give humans enhanced capabilities such as being able to see in the dark. Or what if you could zoom in on faraway and tiny objects? Embedded vision could make these abilities a reality. All while still correcting the vision of those who need it!
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