Google Glass technology comes to contact lens
- Jun 12, 2013, 13:09 PM IST
The miniaturization of technology is running towards a new height. After Google debuted its Google Glass which brings the display in tiny form to just in front of your eye, researchers have developed a new contact lens which sports Google Glass like features.
A team of researchers have developed a “transparent, highly conductive, and stretchy mix of graphene and silver nanowires”. This group of researchers led by Jang-Ung Park, a chemical engineer at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, mounted a light-emitting diode on an off-the-shelf soft contact lens.
These lenses was worn by a live rabbit eye for five hours for testing purpose and no abnormal behavior was reported, such as bloodshot eye or the rubbing of eye areas, of the live rabbit had been observed.
"We believe the hybridization between two-dimensional and one-dimensional nanomaterials presents a promising strategy toward flexible, wearable electronics and implantable biosensor devices, and indicate the substantial promise of future electronics," said Prof. Park, professor of the School of Nano-Bioscience and Chemical Engineering, UNIST.
This hybrid transparent and stretchable electrode could open the new way for flexible displays, solar cells, and even electronic devices fitted on a curvature substrate such as soft eye contact lenses.
This technology brings worn the wearable technology to a much lower level, as it makes picture-taking and scanning, not only limited to few Sci-Fi movies anymore.