Curved LCD paves way for augmented reality contact lenses

By James Plafke on December 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm

The contact lens equipped with a head-up display has always seemed like one of the sci-fi gadgets most likely to become a reality. Today, The Centre of Microsystems Technology announced that it has developed a curved LCD that is able to be embedded into a contact lens, bringing us even closer to full-time, glasses-less augmented reality.

If you’re wondering why a curved LCD was chosen rather than embeddable LEDs, it’s because the LCD option allows the use of the entire display, whereas an LED array can only use a small area of the surface. Jelle De Smet, the main researcher on the project, explains that even flexible liquid crystal displays are normally not designed to withstand the shaping process however, by using new kinds of conductive polymers they were able to create a spherical shape.

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