It may sound like something out of a sci-fi film, but reading text messages off contact lens in the eyes could soon be a reality – bringing a whole new meaning to the term ‘instant messaging’.
Scientists have developed a new technology that allows electronic messages sent from mobile phones to be directly projected on to contact lens placed in the recipient’s eyes.
The spherical curved LCD display, created by Belgium researchers at Ghent University, handle projected images using wireless technology.
The lens’ capability were demonstrated by scientists who showed a dollar sign being projected on to the lens.
It is a step towards ‘fully pixelated contact lens displays’ with the same detail as a TV screen which could completely transform the way we communicate.
Professor Herbert De Smet told the Daily Telegraph: ’Now that we have established the basic technology, we can start working towards real applications, possibly available in only a few years.’
The new technology means the entire surface of the contact lens can be used to project images and messages.
Researchers are also looking at the possibility of also using the lens as sunglasses which adapt to the level of sunlight.
Jelle De Smet, the chief researcher on the project, added: ‘This is not science fiction. 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.’
James Gilbert | Elite.