As to talk about smart contact lenses, we should start with technology. With the ever-evolving technologies, even electronic devices that we bought the day before can become outdated. For example, it seems that even smartphones, which we do not have now, will be replaced by a completely different electronic device. The most important reason for predicting this situation is the rapid development of “wearable technologies”.
So what is wearable technology? Wearable technology, which is considered as the biggest technological innovation after smartphones, expresses the general name of the technological devices you wear. In order to be able to call a product wearable technology, the product needs to transfer information from smart sensors to your smartphone via Bluetooth or wirelessly.
Smart contact lenses also seem to meet most of our needs that we meet with our smartphones as a wearable technology product at this point. But before explaining why, “What is a smart contact lens?” We must answer the question.
What is Smart Contact Lens?
As you know, contact lens; It is often used for correction of vision disorders, changing eye color or for the treatment of corneal diseases. Smart contact lenses, on the other hand, do not look different from standard contact lenses since they are viewed from the outside and can be easily removed and worn by the user just like contact lenses.
The main purpose of smart contact lenses is to treat vision disorders much better than standard lenses. Besides, the exciting aspect of smart contact lenses is that augmented reality and camera technologies will be added to this technology. In fact, technology giant companies are working on applications that reflect the visual information directly on the retina of the eye, changing the field of view of the person and thus providing a different reality experience.
It is also stated that, with smart contact lenses, the lens can be used as a screen, and even photos and videos can be stored.
How Smart Contact Lenses Work?
The basis of the principle of operation of smart contact lenses is based on close to 100 ultra-sensitive sensors. In addition to these, these devices, which have a transparent lens appearance, include control and communication circuits, miniature wave emitter hardware and LED components. Thanks to these hardware, photos and videos can be viewed.
Ultra-sensitive sensors built into the smart contact lens not only blink movement; It can measure the side of the person, the blood flow rate in the capillaries and even the size of the pupil and convert it into data. This allows you to take a picture of the frame you focus on when you blink. So the pupil acts as a shutter.
How Will Smart Contact Lenses Affect Our Life?
The biggest effect of smart contact lenses, which is described as a revolution in the field of wearable technology, will be to save from carrying extra technological devices with us in daily life. Smart contact lenses, which are expected to provide great ease of use, especially in city life, are therefore expected to change their smartphone usage habits.
Moreover, although we think that our speed of access to information is very high, it is thought that this speed will increase 2-3 times with smart contact lenses. Therefore, it is estimated that the amount of data consumed per person will be much higher.
There are also advances in technologies such as face recognition and personal information learning with smart contact lenses that do not find sci-fi movies. In this case, what kind of developments and solutions to be found on issues such as privacy of private life and protection of personal data continue to be a matter of curiosity.
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“Humans are the reproductive organs of technology.”
― Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants