Augmented reality is so 2010. The new hip is called Augmented Vision
Welcome to the future. A research team at the University of Washington has designed a contact lens that has the ability to project LED displays directly into the irises.
As for what can be done with this technology, the possibilities are nearly limitless. Anything that we are preparing for with Augmented Reality could be done while leaving your hands free.
Imagine everything you do with your smart phone but without even distract yourself to check it. You don’t even have to shift your focus to see the image generated by the contact lens, it would just appear in front of you and your view of the real world will be completely unobstructed when the display is turned off.
I’m imagining this sort of tech coupled with wearable computers that interface with the lenses to project all sorts of insane things right into your field of vision. Directions on a 3D map, sensor information, a twitter feed…okay, I’m only partially serious about the last, but the possibilities seem endless, and endlessly distracting.
As for the good intentions of the mad scientist behind it, shall be noticed that shortly they invented a lens that can monitor glucose levels for use with diabetes patients, which would allow them to monitor their diets and medication more accurately. Technology is advancing, are you ready? Of course, this shouldn’t go too far and there must be always an option to escape the display underneath your eyelids. Otherwise popup ads could invade your dreams and spam could follow you to work.