The lenses have microLED displays, smart sensors, and solid-state batteries similar to those found in pacemakers. The company claims to have a “feature-complete prototype” and are going to start testing, according to the BBC article. We imagine you can’t get much of a battery crammed into a contact lens, but presumably, that’s one of the things that makes it so difficult to develop this sort of tech.
Lots of practical issues to still sort out before anything like this goes mainstream, but good to see the research and design is still moving forward. It’s biggest benefit (less obvious, less stuff hanging on your head, etc) is also its biggest drawback (eye comfort, battery life, resolution). Of course, costs are not even a point of discussion yet.
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