One day in the not-so-distant future, contact lenses will be used to access the internet, it has been claimed.
Michio Kaku, a professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York and the author of Physics of the Future, told the Sydney Morning Herald that he feels such a development may become a reality by 2030.
According to the expert, people will only need to blink to access the internet in a flash though the lenses and will then have tonnes of information at their disposal.
He forecasted that contact lenses will also help to change the way in which people conduct business, as conferences can be held virtually.
"Your contact lens will recognise people"s faces and display their bios next to their image. If they speak Chinese to you, your contact lens will translate it and give you subtitles beneath that person"s image," the expert predicted.
In a recent, Contact Lenses Through the Ages meeting in London, organised by the British Contact Lens Association, considered what the future holds for the contact lens industry.
by Martin Burns