December 10, 2012
The end of smartphones? Here’s a computer screen on a contact lens
Over in Belgium, scientists have finally taken a crucial step toward building screens into contact lenses.
Jelle De Smet and a team of researchers at Ghent University built an LCD screen in a curved contact lens.
To do it, they had to come up with new kinds of “conductive polymers” – and mold them into “a very thin, spherically-curved substrate [surface] with active layers.”
Computers have been getting smaller and closer to our eyeballs since their beginning. First they took up whole rooms. Then they moved to desks. Then they were in our laps. Now, they’re in our palms.
Why would they stop there?