With wearable technology becoming more and more mainstream, some companies are pushing the limitations even further by developing smart contact lenses. These lenses may boast a wide variety of benefits and futuristic features thanks to computer vision. Below, we’ll discuss smart contact lenses and how computer vision may allow them to be the next greatest advancement in technology.
What Are Smart Contact Lenses?
Smart contact lenses are similar to traditional contact lenses in that they sit on the surface of your eye, are virtually undetectable, and improve your vision. However, smart contact lenses also contain a small digital screen that can display information over your normal field of vision. They provide the possibility for augmented reality without bulky glasses frames.
What Is Computer Vision?
Computer Vision refers to the use of a camera in conjunction with a processing unit, which allows a computer to observe and make sense of the world around you. In the case of smart contact lenses, a microchip processes the images captured by a tiny camera within the lens and uses that data to display helpful information over your normal field of vision.
How Computer Vision is Powering Smart Contact Lenses
Manufacturers are using computer vision to monitor what you see through your normal eyesight and make changes and improvements to the world around you. The camera in the lens determines what it is you’re seeing, and a wearable computer processing unit analyzes the image and takes pre-set actions. Without computer vision, smart contact lenses would be less of an augmented reality experience and more randomly displayed information over the world you see.
Possibilities for the Future
Producers of smart contact lenses are aiming for some awe-inspiring possibilities. For example, your eye focusing naturally on an object in the distance can quickly be picked up by a smart contact lens, allowing for a zoom effect akin to that on a camera lens.
Companies are also aiming to allow for night vision when the camera detects a lack of light around you, auto-focusing, and even walking or driving directions appearing over your intended route as you navigate sidewalks and streets.
Many experts believe that the future of wearable technology is smart contact lenses. If your company is working on applications for smart lenses or is producing them, check out our wide array of computer vision cameras that can improve your product and expand the possibilities.