Picture Projection Spectacles
This is just about the coolest news I’ve heard since they transported that atom a fews years ago!
Engineers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IMPS) have designed a pair of glasses with an embedded head-up display and eye tracking technology. The images, projected by a 19x17mm CMOS chip embedded just behind the hinge, are directly projected onto the retina and appear as though they are about 1m from the user.
What makes this different from previous attempts at HUD spectacles is it’s interactive abilities.
The eye tracking allows the wearer to change the projected content by moving their eyes and focusing on a specific point. So no hands needed! Which will be super convenient for a number of folks I’m sure.
To deal with ambient lighting issues they have designed the glasses to use OLEDs (organic light emitting diodes), which ensure the display can be seen clearly against changing backgrounds.
Primarily this tech is targeted at the medical and engineering fields. However, once they’ve had their turn I personally can’t wait to try them on, especially if they are really as stylish as the picture makes them out to be. I’ll be navigating the virtual world like one of William Gibson’s cyber-punk miscreants in no time.
See the Fraunhofer website for more info.