Darpa researchers design eye-enhancing virtual reality contact lenses

Feb 01, 2012

Currently being developed by DARPA researchers at Washington-based Innovega iOptiks are contact lenses that enhance normal vision by allowing a wearer to view virtual and augmented reality images without the need for bulky apparatus. 

Instead of oversized helmets, digital images are projected onto tiny full-color displays that are very near the eye.  These novel allow users to focus simultaneously on objects that are close up and far away.  This could improve ability to use tiny portable displays while sill interacting with the surrounding environment.

Developed as part of DARPA’s Soldier Centric Imaging via Computational Cameras (SCENICC) program, SCENICC’s objective is to eliminate the ISR capability gap that exists at the individual Soldier level. 

The program seeks to develop novel computational imaging capabilities and explore joint design of hardware and software that give warfighters access to systems that greatly enhance their awareness, security and survivability.

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bredmond
not rated yet Feb 01, 2012
i will need this when i go in for my GRE exam.
Royale
not rated yet Feb 02, 2012
One step closer to 'Rainbow's End'.. This will be cool when they start adding electronics to the lenses.

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