Recent advancements in technology have sparked the innovation of smart wearable tech. Smart watches and Virtual Reality headsets are just two examples of very popular smart technologies that have taken off over the last few years. Smart contact lenses are on the rise and in development with many tech companies. Smart contact lenses open a plethora of doors for individuals and have a significant amount of potential to help people in various ways.
A company called Medella Health has recently been working on contact lenses that could potentially help people identify their blood glucose level. The way the contact lens would track the glucose level would be through tears of the individual. Once the information is gathered, the micro-antenna in the contact will send a message to the individual’s smartphone with the information. The contact lens has a sensor and a chip installed in it to be able to track the information. Another company called Verily is starting to create similar smart technology for patients, but instead of it being a contact lens, the product would be an injection into one’s eye.
Past and Future
Information gathering smart lenses are still in the preliminary stages. We have come a long with wearable smart technology before. Smart contact lenses have helped people cure their color blindness and implementing multi-focal lenses instead of monofocal. The next step would be gathering information from the human body to determine health risks such as the low-blood-sugar which companies like Medella and Verily are developing now. Thinking even further in the future would be to incorporate Augmented Reality into contact lenses. Augmented Reality (AR) is required to be either location-based or image-based. Whether it be location or image-based, AR contact lenses would need to have a camera or GPS in them to work properly. One company called Emacula is looking to create a contact lens that seamlessly integrates AR technology into their product.
An even further leap into smart tech for contact lenses would be to use Virtual Reality in contact lenses. Virtual Reality requires motion sensors for people to experience it accurately. Unlike Augmented Reality, there is no need for a camera or a GPS signal to work appropriately for VR. Virtual and Augmented Reality will open a whole new world for people and has unlimited potential to change the lives of many people.