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Scientists have made a contact lens that can zoom by blinking

Science is wild.

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Scientists at the University of California San Diego have created a contact lens that is controlled by the eye’s movements. Blinking twice makes the lens zoom, blinking another two times undoes the zoom.

While still in the early stages of development, the zoom effect has been proven to work. Now, the team will work on making the contacts work without the test rig.

Researchers have made a contact lens you can zoom by blinking twice

Image: University of California San Diego

No more science fiction, this contact lens is science fact. It’s long been a trope of popular media, contact lenses that can augment our bodies existing skills. Now we get one step closer, with easily controllable zoomable lenses.

Imagine not having to wear bifocals ever again, or not caring that your hockey seats are in the nosebleed section.

  • The biomimetic lenses respond to the electrical signals created by your eyes when they move
  • The prototype only works inside a special rig currently, so the day you can buy them from the optometrist is still far off
  • Eventually the tech will be in adjustable glasses, protheses and even remotely operated robotics

We’re getting ever closer to the sci-fi, cyberpunk future that we’ve been promised for decades.

What do you think? Is this technology interesting to you? Would you use a contact lens like this? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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