Performativity · Technology

Will Smart Contact Lenses Be the Bluetooth Headsets of the Future?

Stuart Karten: Imagine instant access to the latest market segment information at a meeting, or seeing the fourth quarter earnings for a company in (literally) the blink of an eye.

Although it might sound like something from a science fiction novel, scientists at the University of Washington are working on solar powered contact lenses with transparent LEDs embedded onto the lens. This technology could be applied in countless ways, from health monitoring to text translation right in front of the wearer’s eyes.

In 2006, my team at SKD designed a very similar concept for our “Cautionary Visions” project. Analyzing current trends in technology and popular culture, from emerging demands for constant connection to the increasingly blurred boundaries between natural and artificial, my designers imagined the dark alleys down which these trends could take us.

One of the results was an “Assisted Living Contact Lens” that would project helpful information, such as the calorie count for a chocolate scone, or a GPS map overlay locating the nearest gyms. Continue HERE

2 thoughts on “Will Smart Contact Lenses Be the Bluetooth Headsets of the Future?

  1. I LOVE this. The potential applications of this technology are myriad and very exciting. I’m counting on developments like this to tide me over until we have a mass-market brain-computer interface.

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