Smart contact lenses

Sounds like science-fiction.

The big tech companies continue to invest in augmented reality. The market is expected to reach 70 billion by 2023

Sony, Facebook Alcon Microsoft and Google have all entered the wearables market. Some of these devices will monitor blood sugar, some to dispense eye medication, and some for vision correction.

Augmented reality (AR) is in interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real world are enhanced by computer generated perceptual information.

Samsung is the latest company to patent a smart contact lens design. Samsung’s lens will record video and photos, and let you control your phone with the blink of an eye. It is intended to replace Google glass.

Facebook launched Oculus Go VR headsets last year.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison have invented a smart contact lens that can instantly focus the eye.

University of Michigan scientists are building a contact lens that can give soldiers and others the ability to see in the dark using thermal imaging.

The smart lenses that will eventually reach market are likely to contain the following technologies:

  • Auto-focusing lens
  • Battery
  • CPU
  • Data storage
  • Antenna
  • Task-specific sensors
  • Bluetooth
  • Display
  • Radio

There are roughly 253 million people around the world living with some form of visual impairment. These technologies have the potential to revolutionize vision care and treatment.
It could still take several years for the FDA to approve smart contacts as medical devices.





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