New smart contact lens crammed with Google Glass-like tech

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 17:05

Washington: Researchers have created a Google Glass-like device on a contact lens.

According to Technology Review, the team developed a "transparent, highly conductive, and stretchy mix of graphene and silver nanowires" that it then attached to an off-the-shelf soft contact lens to give it Google Glass-like features.

The lenses were tested on rabbits because of similarities with the human eye and were found to be fully functional.

The researchers noted that the rabbits didn`t attempt to rub their eyes nor did they grow bloodshot after five hours of testing.

"Our goal is to make a wearable contact-lens display that can do all the things Google Glass can do," research leader Jang-Ung Park, a chemical engineer at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, said.

True smart contacts with heads-up displays are still quite a few years out, however - the "display" on the tested lens was only one pixel.


First Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 17:05

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