Putting a new spin on the term "reading glasses", Interactive Data Glasses, being designed at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, use an OLED microdisplay to cast images and text onto each retina. The images appear to be a meter away from the eye. You can forget ever needing to turn a page or hit "Next" because eyeball tracking technology that is currently being worked on by Fraunhofer students would allow the glasses to automatically scroll text based upon where you're looking. The eyeball tracking hardware will be built into the hinges of the glasses and will also allow you to select menus and toggle between images.
The technology is being developed to allow for instantaneous information transfer to those that don't have their hands free to work more traditional means of reading. Some uses that have been cited include sending updated medical information about a patient to doctors and surgeons and quickly providing blueprints and instructions to construction workers. Of course, the technology is still under development but it would be
pretty cool (and potentially devastatingly dangerous) should it come to
A goal of the project is to keep the glasses small, light and inexpensive.
Gizmag via CNET