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LED Lights Make Augmented Vision a Reality
| January 14th, 2011
Category: LED News, Recent Blog Posts

 

Okay, this is just freaky. We know LED lights are versatile enough to be used for practically anything, but LED contact lenses? Really?! Yes, as it turns out, really. University of Washington researchers have figured out how to implant semitransparent red and blue LED lights in contact lenses, for the purpose of receiving and displaying data in sharp visual images and video. This means wearers will literally be able to watch TV or view photos that are projected directly onto their eyeballs.

Once miniature green LEDs are developed (and they’re in the works, as of now), full color displays will be possible. Once that happens, the possibilities are endless. Think about everything your smart phone can do right now, and imagine the same being possible for your eyeball. This news is a little scary and a lot fascinating, if you ask me—at the very least, with LED contact lenses, your hands would be free to pet your robot or tinker with your hover board.

Lead researcher Babak Parvis comments “You won’t necessarily have to shift your focus to see the image generated by the contact lens,” it would just appear in front of you and your view of the real world will be completely unobstructed when the display is turned off.

Ah, the real world. With augmented reality becoming a reality, it feels like the real world is fast becoming a relic of the past.

Thanks to Extreme Tech for the quote and Trendhunter for the images.

By the way, these freaky LED contact lenses may still be a product of the future, but a lot of cool LED products are of the present! Check out this Remote Control Color Changing LED Light Bulb. Or, learn how to pimp out the interior of your car in Color-Changing LED Strip Lights.

221 Responses

  1. Al says:

    It was once proclaimed that we would all be micro-chipped for I.D. and location purposes and that we would all willingly go along, in fact plead for, their installations in our bodies. With some of the things they’re coming up with including these new eyeball t.v.’s, it doesn’t seem quite so far-fetched now, does it? There’s only one benefit to all of this, a drastically reduced crime rate. No one would be able to lie about their whereabouts if this type of invasion of privacy comes about. The future is a scary place indeed (if you are a criminal!) See? Maybe it’s a good thing!

  2. Cernowain Greenman says:

    Reality augmented or reality blockers. No thank you. We already have a zombie nation with people walking down the street with earbuds and their eyes glued to their smart phones. Give me the old world where people in the same room talked to each other.

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  5. Matt says:

    At least now your hands will be free? What were they occupied by before? Do you usually hold your flat screen tv while watching it?

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  8. julius says:

    If they can’t figure out how to completely replace fossil fuels then it still impossible to figure out where to get the power source for these lenses to work.

  9. Tesh says:

    Screen shot?

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  11. L CH says:

    If it helps all well and good.The marvels of technology never ceases to amaze me.

  12. Chris Richardson says:

    Can we say Bionic man/woman! These could be totally refined to function in a military capacity! God help us…..I still want a pair along with some synthetic electronic musculature!!!

  13. msp says:

    I can’t help but think that along with the popularity of motion control, we’re going to also be able to control the displays with hand gestures, using motion sensors on our bodies and/or fingertips. You’re going to see people walking down the street gesturing wildly in the air because they’re trying to open a menu or type into a search field.

  14. Paper says:

    Imagine someone watching a movie through their contact lenses and having them look like they’re spacing out haha

  15. Does it matter says:

    It’s called an iWrite, and I wrote the technical specs for it (and companion audio components) approx. 20yrs ago. Sometimes i feel like Doug Engelbart.

  16. Tajli says:

    I’m not skeptic. Bingo! UW researchers are solving the real life problems.

  17. dednikko says:

    I would like to point out that “semi-transparent” is actually “translucent”.

    There’s no need to clutter up the word transparent with needless modifiers when there is already a perfectly usable word for the attribute you are describing.

  18. LOUP says:

    One step closer to “Loki Stormbringer!!”

  19. Henry says:

    Everything that phone does–relays all of your information, pictures, messages, EVERYTHING, to a company aka the government. This is the next step in implementing a long forgotten and dead experiment with understanding the psychic mind. They’ll be inside your brains fools..and the world will become a very dark place.

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