Just makes me wonder how we would start billing for this!!!!
"Digitally Active Contact Lenses – Are We Near It's hard to trace the active contact lens' birth date, but the year might be 1973. , researchers at the National Environmental Research Center created a contact lens with a thermocouple built in. The sensor-cum-contact was arguably the first digitally active design to be realized. As the electronics revolution commenced in the 1970s and 1980s, though, little work was done to expand on this precocious design. Interest revived in the late 1990s, but it was not until 2001 that the device began to step from concept into commercial reality. Researchers used micro-electro-mechanic sensors (MEMS) to create a contact lens that monitored ocular pressure -- an important indicator of Glaucoma. The research was presented at the New Directions in Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics conference in Les Diablerets, Switzerland. In 2009, a company Sensimed AG launched the world's first commercial digitally active contact lens. The design, dubbed "Triggerfish", used an embedded a MEMS strain gauge sensor and microprocessor inside a soft silicone contact lens. The circuit elements were exocentric, out of the line of sight. The device received power from and ferried signals via a circular antenna around the eye socket. In the last decade several devising and even more ambitious designs were introduced in this hot field. Among the most noteworthy is Professor Babak Parviz of Seattle's Washington University, who added pixel displays to the mix. Perhaps inspired by Triggerfish - medical sensors, such as a glucose sensor (monitoring tear glucose, an indicator of blood sugar in diabetics), are also inculcated into the design. But creating a contact lens display has been a major obstacle for focusing the image. In short, we need miniature lenses to focus the image on the eye. Ultimately the digitally active contact lens of the future aims to be a high resolution display, which can assert an augmented reality, including text and images over human vision. Such a design would work for business (work displayed right in your eyes), communications (text messages, emails), and pleasure (imagine watching movies or "tripping" without drugs via in-eye vision). The lens will also likely optionally incorporate glucose, occular pressure, and possibly other sensors to monitor eye health and overall body health. , it may be a few decades before the perfected contact lens product is released commercially, but in just 10 years we may have crude commercial contact lens text displays, if you're willing to wearing a bulky wireless power device around your eye socket." (full article here)
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Friday, February 24, 2012
From Elaine Rose at "Press Of Atlantic City"
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