When they were invented in the 1800s, contact lenses changed the way people see the world (literally). The ability to correct vision without the limitations of glasses was game-changing at the time. Now, a new technologically-driven revolution is in the works for contact lenses. Here are two jaw-dropping contact lens technologies being developed right now.
1. Augmented-Reality Contact Lenses
In the future, contact lenses will do much more than just correct your vision; they'll display a visual overlay of computer-generated imagery in real-time that is indistinguishable from reality.
Want to see an example of how amazing augmented reality is? Check out this incredible demonstration.
After you watch the video (and scrape your jaw up off the floor), think about how augmented-reality contact lenses will change your life. You will be able to turn an entire wall into a giant TV screen or monitor. The software powering the technology remembers where you place virtual screens, so if you tell it to turn each wall in your room into a TV screen, you'll be surrounded by a panoramic set of giant screens — something that would cost a small fortune in real life.
You also won't have to check your smartphone to see text messages because you'll be able to see them in your normal field of vision using your contact lenses. You'll also be able to see the time, temperature, and the latest news and social media posts automatically.
Additionally, you'll be able to add virtual characters to your environment and interact with them in ways previously thought impossible. As artificial intelligence keeps improving exponentially, the characters will become incredibly realistic, expressing emotions, empathy, and other human-like behaviors.
Currently, augmented reality technology tends to utilize bulky headsets, but engineers are already designing contact lenses with built-in computer chips, wireless adapters, and augmented reality software to boot.
2. Video-Recording Contact Lenses
Another amazing technological advance in contact lenses is the inclusion of built-in cameras. What does this mean for you? It means that you'll be able to take pictures, record videos, and zoom in on objects using only your eyes.
The futuristic technology is controlled by purposeful eyelid movements. For instance, if you close your eyes for a specific period of time, you will start or stop video recordings. The technology also detects and removes blinks from the video to create seamless recordings.
Exciting changes are coming to the world of contact lenses, so get a contact lens prescription today — and be ready for the amazing future.