By William Cannon , Jun 18, 2013 12:05 PM EDT
(PHOTO CREDIT: Creative Commons) Computer lens contacts a reality soon?
The Google Glass has yet to release to the general public and already it has competition.
A group of research organizations, including two Samsung departments, have developed a new nano-material that could make smart contact lenses (like Google Glass but right on your eyeball) a reality. Just imagine having all the features of the Google Glass without the huge glasses on your face and if you don't know what features the Google Glass totes watch the video below.
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Park wants to make contact lenses that have all the functions of a wearable computer but remain transparent and soft.
"Our goal is to make a wearable contact-lens display that can do all the things Google Glass can do," project leader Jang-Ung Park, a chemical engineer at the Ulsan National Institute, told MIT Technology Review.
To create a contact lens with a computer in it, Park and his team fixed a light-emitting diode onto a soft contact lens that can be purchased off the shelf. The group then attached the diode using a combination of graphene and silver nanowire.
The smart contact lens design was then tested on rabbits, who have eyes similar to our own, with no negative reactions recorded.
The computer lens is still a long way off and won't be competing with Google Glass anytime soon but the technology is there. There's obviously a clear appeal to the design, which is more inconspicuous and less awkward than Google's approach.