Quick, somebody call Steve Austin. The University of Washington has created a bionic eye, well almost. The contact lens can zoom in on images and facts are created in a field of view. It then sends the information so that recipients can see some form of light. While they are mostly intended to help those who are visually impaired, future applications include “holographic driving control panels and even as a way to surf the Web on the go.” The results of UW’s research was shown at the recent Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ international conference.
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Even if you are not a Paris or Britney, you can look like one in your own humiliating poses with these Stupidiotic Black Bar Glasses. Better still, next time one of your buds passes out in a stupor, put them on him/her, take a picture, and send it to them with a note that you have will be putting it on Flickr unless he/she comes up with a really nice Christmas gift this year. The glasses are available at our fave Danish site for DKK 79,00 (~$15.00.)
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If the FDA gives its permission, ophthalmologists may be on their way to stopping and even reversing age-related macular degeneration with an implantable mini-telescope. Developed by VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, it works with the eye’s cornea making the retinal image larger. The scope consists of a 4.4 x 3.6 mm glass cylinder with wide-angle micro-optics to produce telephoto images. Currently about 1.75 million Americans suffer from the disease and the prediction by NIH’s National Eye Institute is that it will almost double by 2020 because of all the baby boomers that will be aging in the next 2 decades.
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