High-tech glasses wow with new advances

While it will take a few years for wearable computing to mature, there's a lot of interesting activity taking place

By Christina DesMarais, PC World |  Personal Tech, augmented reality, Google

We've come a long way, baby.

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High-tech glasses are becoming more advanced and could one day give you options to get directions, place video calls or check into social networks.

The augmented reality vision that Arnold Schwarzenegger's cyborg character used to track people in the Terminator movies isn't here yet, but researchers and tech companies are making progress building on similar concepts.

While it will take a few years for wearable computing to mature, recent developments show there's a lot of interesting activity taking place in the field.

The Centre of Microsystems Technology at Ghent University in Belgium announced this week it has developed a rounded and curved LCD display that can be used in contact lenses and turn them into sunglasses or a highly pixilated display.

This LCD-based technology is different from LED-based contact lens displays that are limited to a few small pixels -- it enables the use of the entire display surface.

The prototype shown in a video only displays a rudimentary pattern, but researchers say next-gen versions could be used to do things such as control light traveling toward the retina in case of a damaged eye, or for cosmetic purposes to change the color of a person's iris.

Someday, they say, the technology could be used as a head-up display, although there are still barriers they need to overcome before it's ready to be built out for consumer use.

Elsewhere in the realm of high-tech eyewear, Internet search leader Google stirred up a frenzy in June when it concocted possibly the best prototype demo ever.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin hijacked the Google i/o Developers Conference to show off skydivers jumping out of a Zeppelin sporting Google Glasses that streamed to the world video of their descent and landing on the roof of Moscone Center in San Francisco.


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