by Mike Masnick
Wed, Sep 23rd 2009 10:59pm
I've never needed corrective eyewear of any kind (though, I sense I may finally be reaching the point where I need to explore such things), and I have to admit that I've always been a bit squeamish about the concept of putting contact lenses in my eyes. But with some engineers working on ways to build a virtual display system into a contact lens, so you can overlay what you see with additional information, it may become way too tempting not to use contact lenses at some point. Forget computer screens... you could just do all your computing with your eyes closed (or open). Suddenly, the whole concept of augmented reality becomes a lot bigger than just some silly app on your iPhone. It sounds like the prototypes are still pretty early stage, but this is one "science fiction" type idea that seems like it may actually have a chance of becoming real at some point.