Engineers an advanced French University of technology IMT Atlantique has developed the world’s first Autonomous contact lens with flexible Microbattery. Latest able hours to feed the built-in electronics to reproduce and transmit visual information wirelessly. Interestingly, this development has placed Management of perspective research projects of the Ministry of defense (DARPA), which is very interested in improving the visual capabilities of American soldiers in the field.
The invention of French experts is part of an ambitious project to create a new generation of oculometer associated with the emergence of augmented reality technology. With such lenses, it will be possible to implement the interfaces man-machine, to analyze the cognitive load and add other functions. According to the developers of IMT Atlantique, the most difficult task in the development of the lenses was how to reduce the size required to power the electronics of the battery. However, scientists have found a way by creating a flexible and very compact power source.
Development of Autonomous contact lenses with a flexible Microbattery was carried out by experts of the IMT Atlantique in collaboration with the microelectronics Center of Provence. Its creators say that the device can integrate the led display, radio frequency transmitter for wireless communication, and sensors for tracking the direction of gaze. Thus, the main function of a contact lens (i.e., better view) is fully preserved.
As published on the website of the University IMT Atlantique press release stated that “the use of flexible electronics based on graphene will allow to further extend the capabilities of such contact lenses”. For example, add an additional vision, new communication systems, improved battery and integrated computing devices, say the developers.
The creators of high-tech smart lens suggests the possibility of their use in various purposes. For example, they can find their use in medicine, particularly surgery, have drivers in the entertainment industry. However, according to French magazine l’usine Nouvelle, the great interest to innovative decision of the French experts expressed the American military Agency DARPA. In addition, as pointed out by the same source, 2 million euros now ready to invest in the work of French scientists in American technogiant Microsoft, which is hardly surprising, given his contract with the U.S. Army for the development of special headsets, augmented reality, on the basis of the HoloLens, about which we reported recently.
According to the creators of smart lenses, almost all of the above components for the smart lenses ready.
“All the elements are ready. We expect that their integration in October of this year, and hope to begin testing in 2020. the Results of these tests will open the way for clinical tests,” he told the magazine l’usine Nouvelle, the head of project Jean-Louis Bougrine de La Tokne of IMT Atlantique.