Bionic Eyeglasses from Google: Bringing Contact lenses health innovation even closer

I can’t help but start this conversation with the Wikipedia’s definition of Bionics (or Biomimicry, Biognosis, etc) as the application of biological methods and systems found in nature to the study and design of engineering systems and modern technology. But unlike the futuristic 2007 Sci-Fi TV series, Bionic Woman where having an electromechanical implant gave her superhuman cyborg status and enhanced physical senses, with the help of Google, using ‘Bionic’ Augmented Reality Glasses wouldn’t just be cool but normal.

Bionic Contact Lens

Just a couple of days ago, Google revealed one of its Google X Lab products called Project Glass with in-built motion, GPS and 3G/4G data connection, to stream live info to the lenses and responds to the wearer’s voice commands to practically do anything from sending mails to setting reminders, taking pictures, recording stuff, etc. Its statement declares Project Glass as “making technology work for you- to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t… because it puts you in the moment, helping you explore and share your world” without the need to lift a finger.

Just see this video then we’ll continue the talks.

Google Project Glass

Talk about effizy right? If you are already conversant with Google Image Search then you may very easily imagine its possibilities e.g. face recognition. But then, Google is not alone in this unique technology as late last year, a BBC report described breakthrough “Bionic Contact lenses that allow wearers to read floating text, emails or augment their sight with computer-generated images, Terminator-style” and the devise was produced and verified to be safe by the University of Washington.

Bionic Contact Lens with LED

Bionic Contact Lens. Picture credit: Wikipedia

The next step was to embed many more pixels to produce holographic images, possible applications for drivers/pilots, changing the video gaming experience, and to provide real-time medical info such as intra-occular pressure (for Glaucoma), or even blood sugar levels if linked to biosensors on the wearer’s body.

The key breakthrough point is the new ability to visually interpret objects on the virtual screen just in front of the eyeballs as opposed to the natural capacity to only focus on images that are at least roughly 25cm away (called Focal Length as taught by elementary physics).

Anyway, Google’s Project Glass is still being tested while they sample opinions but should be available for sale to the public later this year at projected estimates of $250 -600 at similar rates to smart phones. So brace yourselves fellas, as we are likely to increasingly witness the sight of people seemingly talking to themselves while walking down the road. Mini-madness right? LOL


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