Researchers at the Yonsei University of Seoul have developed a new type of robotic contact lens that can be recharged wirelessly and which could bring a wide variety of futuristic uses for contact lenses one step closer to reality. The new devices are built around a circular translucent antenna and super capacitor system that can receive continual power without needing to be plugged in to an external power source. These experimental new contact lenses will also be able to draw electricity without raising the temperature of the lens, eliminating a potential long-term cause of harm to wearers and the device itself. According to a report from Yonhap News Agency, because the lenses are completely self-enclosed they can be maintained with standard contact solutions without any risk of degradation. The team used soft contact lens material instead of rigid material to ensure the tools could be used in as wide a variety of circumstances as possible.
A company known for its noise-cancelling headphones wants to create a pair of augmented reality glasses that's focused around sound. Bose is unveiling a pair of concept AR glasses at the South by Southwest conference in Austin this year that add an'audible layer of information and experiences' to the world in front of you. The unnamed device differs from other augmented reality wearables in that the wearer can control it with gestures and their voice. The glasses are also equipped with a tiny, 'wafer thin' speaker that can relay information directly into the wearer's ear without anyone around them listening in. Pictured are a pair of Bose's concept augmented reality glasses.
Contact lenses that beam images straight into your eyes could soon be a reality after Samsung was granted a patent for the technology in the U.S. The contacts come with a hidden camera that will be able to record video and take pictures, according to Patently Mobile. The lenses will also feature motion sensors, meaning different eye movements - such as blinking, or looking up - could trigger various actions. According to the patent, filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the device may receive orders through an in-built antenna. Compared to the much-maligned Google Glasses, the contact lenses are designed for augmented reality (AR). Contact lenses that beam images straight into your eyes could soon be a reality after Samsung was granted a patent for the technology in the U.S. Pictured: one design for the lenses With the Google Glass, if your glasses slipped, or you looked above or below the frame, the AR would fail.
Facebook's first pair of smart glasses -- made in collaboration with luxury eyewear manufacturer Ray-Ban -- is to be released next year, the tech firm has revealed. The announcement coincided with CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealing his vision for the future of augmented reality (AR) -- bringing holograms of friends into your home. While this dream may seem especially appealing amid present coronavirus-related restrictions, however, such a future may still be some way off. In fact, the smart Ray-Bans will not have an integrated display, the Verge reported -- but may feature recording capacity or a voice-activated assistant. Facebook has confirmed that the product will operate by pairing with a phone.
Google may be jumping into the augmented reality headset game. A secretive project referred to internally as'A65' may be tasked with creating an AR headset that's reportedly similar to Microsoft's HoloLens, German news site Winfuture reported. The move comes as nearly every major tech player appears to have their eyes set on the AR headset market, including Apple, which is now rumored to be looking at a 2021 release date for its AR-powered wearable. Google may be jumping into the augmented reality headset game with a secretive project called'A65'. Google's device would use Qualcomm chips and is expected to be built by Taiwanese computer maker Quanta.