Get Superhuman Vision with the “Bionic" Contact Lenses

Researchers have developed new contact lenses that contain circuits, LEDs, and a "powder" of electrical components that can enable an average human being to possess superhuman vision.

The contact lenses would allow images to be displayed in a person's vision, superimposed on the real world.

According to the researchers, from the University of Washington, some of the possible applications include the following:

*zooming in on distant objects

*get useful facts to pop up in your field of view

*create virtual cross-hairs

*holographic driving control panels

*surfing the Web

*visual aids for vision-impaired people

*immersive video games

The team suggests that the "Bionic Eye" lenses could have a much greater potential of uses. How about a personalized wide-screen TV?

The researchers explained that one of the most difficult parts of designing the lenses is making them biologically safe. So far, they have only tested the lenses on rabbits, with no negative effects. Electrical circuits consist of toxic chemicals, but the scientists built them from layers of metal only a few nanometers thick.

The LEDs are almost as tiny, with a diameter of one-third of a millimeter. Other electrical components are so tiny the scientists describe them as a "grayish powder" which they sprinkled onto a sheet of plastic. The components then self-assembled themselves based on their shapes and micro-scale forces.

All these components could be positioned on the lenses outside of the transparent part of the eye.

In the future, the scientists hope to enable the lenses to communicate wirelessly with other devices. They also plan to power the system using a combination of solar cells located on the contact lenses, and radio-frequency power. Although a full display is a ways off, the scientists hope to create a basic version in the near future.

Via: University of Washington

Lisa Zyga
Science Blogger

Jan 18, 2008
by Fausto Fonseca (not verified)

Uhhhh.. animal testing...

Uhhhh.. animal testing... that's bad!!!

Jan 23, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

Only bad for the animal.

Only bad for the animal.

Jan 24, 2008
by MIke (not verified)

If people are against animal

If people are against animal testing, let them be the first to try something. When a new drug is invented, I say test it on an animal first. I would rather have rabbit go blind than a person.

Feb 3, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

for good sakes if that was

for good sakes if that was implemented on people it would be great!|!!!!!

Feb 3, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

Million Dollar Bunny

Bionic Bunnies will take over the world!!!

Feb 26, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

Animal Testing is wrong. Period. Man makes justifies his greed.

"against animal testing, let them be the first"

Just FYI I'm a computer analyst and a techie. And the idea of bionic contacts is way cool. But not at the suffering of a living thing.

I wish the government would give us the choice of human testing.

I'd rather a prisoner who's raped and killed a woman or tortured a family could be a choice for testing over an innocent animal that has no choice and reaps no benefits from the whole thing.

Man justifies his cruelty with his failings. It will alleviate human suffering, make it more convenient for humans, be a cool thing for humans.

So what? There is other life on the planet. We live in heated houses, get into our heated/air conditioned cars, drive comfortably to the one of 100000 coffeeshops and glide to our place of work.

There are homeless people and pets and wildlife being pushed out or slaughtered for coats that need help.

Really we need bionic contacts?

We are judged by how we treat our weakest member.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.. I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man"
-- Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Let all bear in mind that a society is judged not so much by the standards attained by its more affluent and privileged members as by the quality of life which it is able to assure for its weakest members.
~H.E. Javier Perez de Cuellar

The moral test of a government is how it treats those who are at the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadow of life, the sick and the needy, and the handicapped.
~Hubert Humphrey

Aug 11, 2008
by Anonymous

animal testing vs human

How then do you propose to check for teratogenic activity of a drug? You would have the convict test the drugs, but would you give the drug to a pregnant convict to see if mutations or birth defects result in the children? The babies did not commit the crimes, so now they pay the price? I don't think so. I do not believe that cosmetics and toiletries need to be tested on animals, because there are well established chemical profiles that can be modeled in computers, but drugs and devices should be evaluated prior to launching on humans. Even then, some drugs still sneak through animal and human testing and do harm.

Your PETA position is untenable: Humans are omnivores, not vegetarians. Responsible management should be practiced, but outright banning is preposterous.

My daughter, at the time 12 years old, said "There is a place on this earth for all God's animals...right next to the potatoes and gravy!"

(ok, kind of sick, but funny!)

Aug 14, 2008
by Anonymous

You may think it's ok to

You may think it's ok to test on prisoners, but being a prisoner, no matter how reprehensible does not negate their status as human. Testing on prisoners even if they volunteer can potentially be a situation where they are in fact manipulated or unduly pressured, and they don't have freedom of choice. Forcibly testing, is even more disgusting and is outright torture. Such subjects would also have motivation to lie about results for revenge, pressure to give the 'correct answer' or a desire to please by giving the 'correct' answer.

You say you want the choice of human testing, but the potential candidates you discuss would be unlikely to volunteer. Prisoners are pretty weak members of a society I must say, and they are more likely the intended sort of subject to a couple of the quotes you provide.

Also for what it's worth writing off prisoners completely undermines any rehabilitation, and the majority will eventually be released and have to re-integrate into society.

Nov 13, 2008
by Anonymous

testing on convicts

You all seem to be missing the point. testing drugs and other things on convicts even if they have the death penalty or did something really bad would violate the constitution. Part of it says "No cruel and unusual punishment" and guess what? That would be a cruel and unusual punishment.

Jan 9, 2009
by Anonymous

you all are so wierd....

you all are so wierd.... this is topic about bionic contacts lol... not discussion about testing drugs on animal or prisoners lol :)
these contacts could be so cool... kinda sci-fi and for sure far far away from reality... but still... I'm just wondered if these contacts will still provide an eye dioptries correction (well its why were contacts invented anyway, right...) or "just" some applications, GPS, internet browsing, TV, games... lol it sounds so wierd that they really want to put all of these into so tiny little particuraly liquid thing right on the eyeballs :) I'm 20, so I an imagine my kids lets say in 15-20 years at school... with bionics contacts... i hardly thing that they will pay any attention to teacher... cause its kinda hard even without them :D

Jan 28, 2009
by Anonymous


That would be toatally wicked! When(and if) these come out i would so save up for these and i'm sorry but the last person who commented was right ya'll are silly fightin bout tests on bunnies and convicts! please convicts testing is a stupid idea and just doing it on the rabbits is way more reasonable also i would toatally sign up to try these (after proven safe) this is an awesome idea!

Feb 5, 2009
by Anonymous

i want to try them too!!

i want to try them too!! they remind me of the interfaces in the uglies/pretties/specials/extras series by scott westerfeld. i sign up for testing them!! it would be awsome!

Feb 5, 2009
by Anonymous

if u guys ever get one of

if u guys ever get one of these... lol... ping me!!!ps u rnt going to understand if you havent read the uglies series

Feb 5, 2009
by Anonymous

I'm just a middle school

I'm just a middle school kid, but I think these "Bionic" contact lenses are a cool idea too. I have an idea similar to this one, but it is much simpler and would be much easier to make. I have an idea of how to make it, I just need some help from a physicist.

Feb 10, 2009
by Anonymous

eye contax

These r so cool!i read about them in the KIDZ magazine and wanted to know more about them. How much do they cost?

Feb 10, 2009
by Anonymous

everything on this page

and wow u ppl rly type LONG comments. Even though I'm only 10, love animals, & techo stuff, im OK with animal testing. It's better them that us. Or if they want 2 kill a prisoner, they can test it out on them, if it doesnt kill them, the lens works and kill the prisoner another way. Well American Idol is on & I need 2 watch it.

I WANT THIS LENS! How much r they?

Feb 11, 2009
by Anonymous

HEY( The cost)

Did you Find them in The National Geographic Magazine? For kids?



Feb 19, 2009
by Anonymous

me to!

im in middle school too and love animals and i dont think this kind of testing is to bad. testing drugs on animals is a different story though i saw these in ng kidz too and wanted to find out more

Feb 28, 2009
by Anonymous

You are a retard. Just about

You are a retard.

Just about everything we have today.. almost every advance is due to testing, animal, insect and plant.

if you are so horrified by all this go get a job at Sturbridge Village.
You are the ultimate (ignorant) hypocrite by even using your computer.

Selective morality is why the human race sucks bro...
Be consistant.