Contact Lens Kinda Makes You Cyborgy

This one’s kinda hard to swallow so take a deep breath, open your minds, and pretend it’s 2100. I CONTACT is essentially a mouse fitted to your eyeball. The lens is inserted like any other normal contact lens except it’s laced with sensors to track eye movement, relaying that position to a receiver connected to your computer. Theoretically that should give you full control over a mouse cursor. I’d imagine holding a blink correlates to mouse clicks.

The idea was originally created for people with disabilities but anyone could use it. Those of us too lazy to use a mouse now have a free hand to do whatever it is people do when they sit at the computer for endless hours. I love the idea but there is a caveat. How is the lens powered? Perhaps in the future, electrical power can be harnessed from the human body, just not in a Matrix creepy-like way.

Designers: Eun-Gyeong Gwon & Eun-Jae Lee

202 Comments

  • Ryan says:

    The only problem I find with this is when you are trying to read something on the computer screen you would always have a mouse in the way. Also how would you be able to click on things because if it was inabled by blinking, then you would probably be clicking on anythings that you had no intensions on clicking on.

  • Ryan says:

    The only problem I find with this is when you are trying to read something on the computer screen you would always have a mouse in the way. Also how would you be able to click on things because if it was inabled by blinking, then you would probably be clicking on anythings that you had no intensions on clicking on.

  • Tyler says:

    There is some very interesting technology being developed that could make this a realitly. One of the cell phone companies have been devloping a batter that can recharge simply using random radio waves in the air. The issue is, while the waves are present just about everywhere, this tech is still in its infancy and we can’t get A LOT of charge out of those waves. However, the amount of juice it takes to use your mouse it tiny. My wireless optical mouse can easily get a few years use out of one AA with near constant use. The real issue is finding a way to “Charge” the contact lens(or make a battery small enough to fit comfortably in it, but honestly, this is just a matter of time. Quantum computing could make that a reality.

    None the less, very cool idea.

  • Tyler says:

    There is some very interesting technology being developed that could make this a realitly. One of the cell phone companies have been devloping a batter that can recharge simply using random radio waves in the air. The issue is, while the waves are present just about everywhere, this tech is still in its infancy and we can’t get A LOT of charge out of those waves. However, the amount of juice it takes to use your mouse it tiny. My wireless optical mouse can easily get a few years use out of one AA with near constant use. The real issue is finding a way to “Charge” the contact lens(or make a battery small enough to fit comfortably in it, but honestly, this is just a matter of time. Quantum computing could make that a reality.

    None the less, very cool idea.

  • I can see this imaginary device being recalled after causing people to go blind or something of the sort.

  • I can see this imaginary device being recalled after causing people to go blind or something of the sort.

  • Jenna says:

    I don't know if I could ever put that it my eye.

  • Jenna says:

    I don't know if I could ever put that it my eye.

  • Mac swell says:

    How the hell do you left click!!!

  • Mac swell says:

    How the hell do you left click!!!

  • Elizabeth says:

    No thanks that's an absolutely terrible idea.

  • Elizabeth says:

    No thanks that's an absolutely terrible idea.

  • Flips says:

    Wow are people really getting that fat and lazy! there goes another million dollar invention….

  • Flips says:

    Wow are people really getting that fat and lazy! there goes another million dollar invention….

  • prken says:

    While it may not be "the next big thing . . " this is a stepping stone to some great things. Imagine an entire interface held within a contact.

  • prken says:

    While it may not be “the next big thing . . ” this is a stepping stone to some great things. Imagine an entire interface held within a contact.

  • Guy00000001 says:

    Glasses would just be easier.

  • Guy00000001 says:

    Glasses would just be easier.

  • Ken Z. says:

    Two things come to mind:

    One more free hand for porn.
    Ever read Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctrow? Yea, offline.

  • Ken Z. says:

    Two things come to mind:

    One more free hand for porn.
    Ever read Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctrow? Yea, offline.

  • r.varing says:

    I don't want a mouse cursor floating on top of (and thus hiding) the words I'm trying to type or read.

  • r.varing says:

    I don't want a mouse cursor floating on top of (and thus hiding) the words I'm trying to type or read.

  • I dont think these were intended for use with people who dont have use of thier arms, more for the technologically advanced generation.

    Nice article though, really like this blog well done all around

  • I dont think these were intended for use with people who dont have use of thier arms, more for the technologically advanced generation.

    Nice article though, really like this blog well done all around

  • Twarter369 says:

    Ummm, EEG allows you to do this without a lens. A trans-dermal sensor array can pick up your thoughts and use them to control a mouse.

  • Twarter369 says:

    Ummm, EEG allows you to do this without a lens. A trans-dermal sensor array can pick up your thoughts and use them to control a mouse.

  • lol I think that this is a pretty good idea. It seems like it would be impossible but none the less still a great idea 🙂

  • lol I think that this is a pretty good idea. It seems like it would be impossible but none the less still a great idea 🙂

  • anonnot says:

    does anyone realize that this is a completely sensible solution? Good god, there are quadriplegics right now using a program called quick glance so that they can operate their computers. they have a camera in front and two infrared light sensors tracking their eye movements. Blinking IS the way they click and the system is set up to help them type and what not. this would offer a simpler solution for them, without all the pesky camera adjusting and infrared panel adjusting.

  • anonnot says:

    does anyone realize that this is a completely sensible solution? Good god, there are quadriplegics right now using a program called quick glance so that they can operate their computers. they have a camera in front and two infrared light sensors tracking their eye movements. Blinking IS the way they click and the system is set up to help them type and what not. this would offer a simpler solution for them, without all the pesky camera adjusting and infrared panel adjusting.

  • This very smart desgin
    and nice technology
    thankyou very much

  • This very smart desgin
    and nice technology
    thankyou very much

  • What a fantastic post.Thanks

  • What a fantastic post.Thanks

  • Alix says:

    clicking: like the author said: blink – the device could be calibrated to differentiate between a normal (quick) blink and an intentional (slow[er]) blink OR
    winks or squints may be options as well.
    power: as mentioned, RF (coil) power
    but
    why this?
    why not just use/improve the current (camera) eye tracking technology?

  • Alix says:

    –oh, & of course, the cursor, if needed, could be like a translucent curcle or the like

  • sdklfjs says:

    im not putting anything electrical in my goddamn eyeballs

  • Rapbus says:

    This could have medical uses (people who are paralyzed can often communicate through eye movement), but to call it a mouse and offer it to consumers is a hideously bad idea. Contact lenses are annoying to maintain, they don't last very long, and the thought of having a cursor dance in front of my eyes as I try to read something sounds just awful.

  • aaf says:

    actually this is no more than a funny idea
    when a breasts spamming picture appear you'll reflex move your mouse cursor rapidly and click

  • What would you do when you need to spam the mouse click? and I think I would still prefer a traditional mouse.

  • What would you do when you need to spam the mouse click? and I think I would still prefer a traditional mouse.

  • Elly says:

    Now this technology could go places!

  • Elly says:

    Now this technology could go places!

  • EHHHHH every time you try to read something it would be covered up by the mouse haha!

  • EHHHHH every time you try to read something it would be covered up by the mouse haha!

  • [rb] says:

    Yeah technology already exists for tracking eyeball movement for people who can use a mouse like quadriplegics etc – tal about re-inventing the wheel, a really convoluted wheel too

  • [rb] says:

    Yeah technology already exists for tracking eyeball movement for people who can use a mouse like quadriplegics etc – talk about re-inventing the wheel, a really convoluted wheel too

  • Austin Fender says:

    It could just be called the ieye 😀

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