A major player at technology giant Sony has claimed that new contact lens developments may be occurring round the world as we move closer to virtual reality becoming standard.
According to Mike Hocking, vice-president of Sony, his company is constantly looking at new ways to enable gamers to engage with the world around them, and this is leading ever closer to virtual reality becoming the norm.
At a conference in London, he suggested that contact lenses which offer a similar kind of experience may already be in the works and it is only a matter of time before they are rolled out.
"Most of the really exciting stuff is out there in the R&D area at the moment like having contact lenses with cameras and sensors built-in so that everything you see can be augmented with useful data," he added.
Futuristic contact lenses may not be a complete pipe dream, according to engineer and futurologist Ian Pearson, who recently predicted that people may be able to use their contacts to read emails by 2030.
by Martin Burns