One of the most exciting developments in networked technology, is augmented reality.
This has to date been mostly limited to mobile phones. In one app, for instance,
you can see what businesses are nearby.
Microsoft is working on a virtual reality product called Hololens.
In the company's 2016 Super Bowl ad, users projected the Super Bowl to a table.
It also features players bursting through your living room wall.
Even though the device currently is fairly sleek, in relative terms, it is still
bulky. However, the constant process of miniaturization will eventually bring
the same qualities to contact lenses.
And once that happens and contact lenses can be connected via Wi-Fi or Li-Fi (an
emerging technology), the world will change.
Imagine being able to build a profile which could, for instance, find you coffee
shops to your liking. Imagine being able to order and pay for your drink on the
way in while browsing the menu before you or being able to visit your doctor without leaving your seat.
Imagine being on a subway and watching last night's football game. And when there's
trouble, silently summoning the authorities to your car - or taking and sending a
picture of the events.
This sort of technology is not here yet and there are many technical issues to
resolve. But it's coming.
For the most part, contact lenses like this should be liberating. Not only will
you have excellent vision, you could project GPS when you're driving.
Smart, connected lenses will transform the way we see and move through the