See the world through “terminator” contact lenses

  • Google glasses are the newest innovation pushing for a place on the high-street, but scientists are already working towards the next big thing – terminator contact lenses.
  • Users would wear contact lenses which have inbuilt data and power transmitters to process visual information, and allow the user to “see” digital information as they go about their daily lives.
  • The innovation is starting small – a single pixel image is being developed which may help alert the hard of hearing to loud noises such as alarms. In the future, you may be able to scan a bar code with your eyes to see instant product reviews, or research its environmental credentials, all without the need for a smart phone.
  • Not only that, but scientists think that fluids in the eye may act as reliable indicators of blood glucose levels and more, meaning diabetes patients could constantly monitor their blood glucose without taking blood.

Whilst the technology is unlikely to arise for some time, the innovation has the potential to influence eating habits, buying behaviour and more. Government and industry may wish to think about how to utilise these technologies to influence green behaviour in the future.

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About Hayley Shaw

Knowledge Exchange Manager at Cranfield University's Centre for Environmental Risks and Futures (CERF). Sharing the latest news from Cranfield, and insights from across the industry. All things risk, environment, and the future.
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