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The Future Of Contact Lenses

A breakthrough development has enabled microcircuits to be embedded into a contact lens.

A breakthrough development has enabled microcircuits to be embedded into a contact lens.

Most advances in retinal implants concentrate on restoring sight, that’s why this bionic contact lens, developed by a team of researchers at the University of Washington, is one of a kind.

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The contact assembled with functional circuitry and LEDs is flexible and will not obstruct the user’s sight when it isn’t activated.

The potential uses of this technology are numerous, ranging from virtual displays for pilots to video-game projections and even telescopic vision for soldiers.

A working prototype of a lens-embedded antenna that draws power for the device from radio frequencies has already been created. The next steps are to build a version that can display several pixels and begin testing on humans.

The contact is made using a technique called self-assembly. Researchers dust the specifically designed contact with microscale components that automatically bond to predetermined receptor sites. The shape of each component dictates where it attaches.

“There’s a lot of room to expand,” Babak Parviz, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at UW, says of the technology. “You can let your imagination run wild.”

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