French engineers have advanced technological university IMT Atlantique developed the world's first stand-alone contact lens with a flexible button cells. The latter is capable of a few hours to feed the integrated electronics for the reproduction and transmission of visual information over a wireless network. What's interesting, eye on this development put US Defense Department Advanced Research Projects (DARPA), which is very interested in improving the visual experience of American soldiers in the field.
The invention of French experts from the & # 39 is part of an ambitious project to create a new generation okulometrov associated with a & # 39; advent of augmented reality technology. With the help of these lenses can implement interfaces man-machine, analyze the cognitive load and to add other functions. According to the developers of the IMT Atlantique, the most difficult task in the development of lenses it was how to reduce the size of the battery required to power electronics. However, scientists have found a way out by creating a flexible and very compact power supply.
Development of an autonomous contact lens with a flexible button cells IMT Atlantique specialists conducted in collaboration with Provence Microelectronics Center. Its creators note that the device can be integrated LED display, a radio frequency transmitter for wireless communication, as well as sensors for monitoring the direction of gaze. In this case, the main function of the contact lens (ie, improved vision) is fully preserved.
In a press release published on the website of the University IMT Atlantique states that "based on the use of flexible electronics graphene will allow even more to expand the possibility of such contact lenses." For example, to add an additional function of new communication systems, improved battery and integrated computing devices, developers say.
The creators of high-tech smart lenses suggest the possibility of their use in a wide variety of purposes. For example, they can find their use in medicine, in particular surgery, the drivers, the entertainment industry. However, according to the French magazine l & # 39; Usine Nouvelle, great interest in the innovative solution of French experts expressed the US military agency DARPA. In addition, as the same source, 2 million euros is now ready to invest in the work of French scientists American tehnogigant Microsoft, which is not surprising, given his contract with the US Army to develop a specialized set of augmented reality, based HoloLens, which we reported very recently.
According to the creators of smart lenses, almost all of the above components of the smart lens ready.
"All the elements are ready. We expect that their integration in October this year, and hope to start testing them in 2020. The results of these tests will reveal the way for clinical trials ", – he told the magazine l & # 39; Usine Nouvelle project manager Jean-Louis de la Bugrene Tokne with IMT Atlantique.
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