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We’ve seen them in science fiction, put on a pair of contact lenses, and someone could be communicating with you by using the lenses as a display surface.

Researchers at the University of Washington and Finland’s Aalto University have developed a prototype, and recently they have sucessfully tested this lens on rabbits that have undergone anesthesia.

The want to show information overlaid on real-world objects has long since existed, with the creation of apps like Wikitude, and other similar smartphone apps. Now apply this to a display that sends info directly to your eyeballs and imagine all the possibilities.

Were this technology to be applied in such uses as augmented reality, the whole world might look like a very different place. Eventually, perhaps this projected display on contact lenses may one day replace all the other screens we look at.

Check out the video on how these lenses are produced.

Researchers believe that in the future, the contact lenses may be able to receive data from an external source, for example your mobile phone, so that you can be notified in real-time of important events. With more colours and increased resolution, the lenses may be able to display text, be used with gaming devices or display navigation cues.Imagine being able to read emails on your contacts.

Of course, such advanced technology doesn’t quite exist yet, as the prototype is just able to display only one pixel’s worth of data. Some other challenges would be to be able to attach an antenna and a power source to something as small and thin as a contact lens, without obstructing vision of course. In the end, they agreed on an antenna that circles around the edge of the contact lens.

I, for one, am very interested to see how far this kind of technology can go. It truly sounds like science-fiction turned science fact, but then again, isn’t that where a lot of our modern technology comes from?