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Contact lenses send a clear message

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | By Michelle Hammond

start-up-idea-contactsContact lenses of the not-so-distant future will not only help people read text messages – they will also let people receive them.

 

European scientists have developed technology that allows electronic messages sent from mobile phones to be projected onto a contact lens while in the eye.

 

The spherical curved LCD display, created by researchers at Ghent University in Belgium, handles projected images using wireless technology.

 

The first demonstration showed a dollar sign on the lens, but scientists believe there will be displays with the same detail as a TV screen within “a few years”, suggesting there could be opportunities for entrepreneurs.