Strutting around with a fake eye, just like a Jack Sparrow, Professor Moody or Bitores Mendez is no longer a thing for books and the silver screen. If a research by the Centre of Microsystems Technology in Belgium is to be believed, a new inroad into the LCD technology could bring all those sci-fi musings to reality.
The Chief Researcher, Jelle De Smet, released a statement to the Telegraph in support of the innovation. "This is not Sci-fi... it will never replace the cinema screen for films but... it may be interesting to show images such as road directions or projecting text messages from our smartphones straight to our eye."
What is this technology exactly?
Being one among the many futuristic experiments that scientists undertake, this new spherical LCD design can be embedded into contact lenses that is much more useful than the currently in-use LED-based lenses. In terms of its architecture, the real standout feature is the display so that entire surfaces can be "seen, analysed and recorded by interested parties". Despite its cutting edge quality, it remains a futuristic technolgy with much potential.
The scientific community affirms the fact that if this initial model lasts its testing phase, this could truly revolutionize the complex optical problems that affect people. While patients with damaged iris can limit the light transmitted to the affected retinal area, others with different eye colors can also use the device to maintain color uniformity.
This new buzz has come at a time when Google is parallely working on its Project Glass, an R&D idea in the field of head-mounted display (HMD). The idea floated here is to achieve information display in an Android-like format via an interaction of natural language voice commands. To put it simply, the Google glass is a prototype of a small camera-like thing attached to one's head with a pair of glasses, hooked onto the ears as well.
"Good things come in small packages". Well we don't know who the real Wordsmith behind this saying was but Google is surely setting out to champion this into reality very soon.
A transparent block, just above the right eye which looks like a normal display screen but is actually a fashioned computer. It comes with a packed memory, processor, audio and video display circuits attached with a mike, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and battery. The high accuracy of display in terms of speed and power besides weighing light as a feather is what makes this an "astonishing feat of miniaturization and integration."
The only 'kink' in the armor is the uncertainity that comes with the experimental phase, pushing out the actual date of the product launch in the market. But no denying that it will herald a new pathway for technology that's compatible with human needs.
We eagerly await its arrival. Do watch this video for more details.
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