Friday, April 20, 2012

Pentagon orders augmented reality contact lenses

Here's a story related to a recent post about Google's Project Glass; the BBC has reported that the Pentagon has ordered Innovega's iOptik augmented reality technology that pairs contact lenses with glasses containing tiny flat-panel displays. iOptik will enable soldiers to see data about targets superimposed over the actual battlefield.  Of course there will be many civilian uses as well. In chapter 13 "Machines of Loving Grace" in The Universal Machine, augmented reality and ubiquitous computer are explained - the irony is that as our computers become more powerful they will practically disappear into the fabric of our clothing, our surroundings and into our glasses and contact lenses.  This is going to happen much sooner than you might think. The BBC report says that "the lenses are still going through clinical trials as part of the US Food and Drug Administration's approval process, but Mr Willey [Innovega's CEO] said he was confident the tech should be available to the public towards the end of 2014."