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Get the Superhuman Vision with the "Bionic Eye"
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Get Superhuman Vision with the “Bionic Eye”
by Lisa Zyga, January 18, 2008

Researchers have developed new contact lenses that contain circuits, LEDs, and a "powder" of electrical components that can enable an average human being to possess superhuman vision.



The contact lenses would allow images to be displayed in a person's vision, superimposed on the real world. According to the researchers, from the University of Washington, some of the possible applications include the following:

*zooming in on distant objects

*get useful facts to pop up in your field of view

*create virtual cross-hairs

*holographic driving control panels

*surfing the Web

*visual aids for vision-impaired people

*immersive video games

The team suggests that the "Bionic Eye" lenses could have a much greater potential of uses. How about a personalized wide-screen TV?

The researchers explained that one of the most difficult parts of designing the lenses is making them biologically safe. So far, they have only tested the lenses on rabbits, with no negative effects. Electrical circuits consist of toxic chemicals, but the scientists built them from layers of metal only a few nanometers thick.

The LEDs are almost as tiny, with a diameter of one-third of a millimeter. Other electrical components are so tiny the scientists describe them as a "grayish powder" which they sprinkled onto a sheet of plastic. The components then self-assembled themselves based on their shapes and micro-scale forces.

All these components could be positioned on the lenses outside of the transparent part of the eye.



In the future, the scientists hope to enable the lenses to communicate wirelessly with other devices. They also plan to power the system using a combination of solar cells located on the contact lenses, and radio-frequency power. Although a full display is a ways off, the scientists hope to create a basic version in the near future.

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Posted 1/21/08
Oh shiet, my contacts fell out! Nobody move! or they are going to owe me a LOT of money.
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Posted 1/21/08
That's really too much, but it can be useful on school test lol Just read your useful facts (answer)

I'm glad i'm not living in the world of future
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Posted 1/22/08
aw mann.. playing video games with those will be sooo awesome..
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Posted 1/22/08
*whistles*

Though it I think it'll be quite a while before .. ordinary folks like us can afford something like that
Posted 1/22/08
It's somehow dangerous and scary to put that on your eye!
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Posted 1/22/08
Those would be sweet. It's like X-ray vision, you look at a girl ta-dah
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wow .. looks painful though lol. it's like he's got a piece of metal lodged in his retina *shudders*
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It sounds awesome though o_o
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Quantam wrote:

Those would be sweet. It's like X-ray vision, you look at a girl ta-dah


There are other implications.
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Indeed creative
Posted 6/11/09 , edited 6/11/09

Quantam wrote:
Those would be sweet. It's like X-ray vision, you look at a girl ta-dah

lol yea, no. keep dreamin, stud. haha

but back in the real world, something like this could be incredibly awesome.
damn i'm lost!! but wait! google maps on pda, linked to eyes.. it's just like having a Nav-Arrow in WoW!!

...wait.
modders.
"yay! now everyone looks like they're wearing a ballet tutu, and Leonidas' "sparta" face~!"
pfahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

ehem. but yea, lots of PRACTICAL uses too.
sight overlays for surgeons.
structural overlays for engineers.
map overlays for drivers.
circuit overlays for bmb disposal experts.
virtual training rooms.

private heads up display for your pocket size computer!!
I CAN WATCH ANIME ALL DAY LONG!!!
..until the batteries on my computer run out. but anyways.
omg i want these.

i wish he'd put up a link to the original page.

*EDIT*
so here you go then....
http://inventorspot.com/articles/get_superhuman_vision_bionic_eye_10014 (the original article)
http://uwnews.washington.edu/ni/article.asp?articleID=39094 (another article)

*edit 2*
i notice that this article actually dates to early 2008. anyone have any updates to this info?
omg, way to necro the thread, Baka-god
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That would be hell!

Just think about! Even tody each and everyone can spread your picture throughout the internet. Wait until a few people wear those. You'll get your image taken and postet on 4chan without even knowing anyone ever took your picture.

The next thing would be to add your personal data everytime someone sees you. No one would have any privacy anymore.

Perhaps you'd forget to take them of once you get intimate with your girlfriend and you'd unknowingly spread your personal homeporn.
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