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Contact lens prototype could offer wearer social media updates

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By John Glenday, Reporter

November 22, 2011 | 1 min read

A pioneering class of computerised contact lenses could soon grant their wearers a social media overlay over their day to day world after they were successfully trialled on rabbits.

Ditching cumbersome smartphones and tablets wearers can simply read text messages and catch up on Facebook updates by opening their eyes.

Dubbbed ‘info-vision’ the system incorporates Wi-Fi enabled lenses via a circular antenna wrapped around the circumference of the lens whilst tiny LED lights embedded in the lens relay information.

Its developer, professor Babak Parviz of the University of Washington, said: “We have got a rudimentary display with one dot. If you had several dots, you could maybe create arrows, to give people directions.”

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