New Contact Lenses With Three Times Zoom

I See You

Unfortunately, not the actual design

New contact lenses have just been developed that can actually zoom in 2.8 times for anyone wearing them. Current designs require that the user wears a pair of glasses to activate the magnification, but I would imagine that will not be the case indefinitely.

The research was led by Eric Tremblay and Joseph Ford who believe the technology could be useful for those suffering from macular degeneration, a common cause of vision problems often leading to blindness.

“The current treatments for macular degeneration include invasive surgery or to wear glasses with very thick lenses. Although research continues, development of this new magnifying lens technology has the potential to improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world by using these ‘normal’ looking lenses.” – Ian Anglin

I Only Have Eyes For You

The actual current design

Beyond the medical application, there’s plenty of excitement around the use by those with perfectly normal vision. The ability to zoom in and magnify your vision with ease would be great, and I think at the right price, a lot of people would be interested. This would be great for jewelers or anyone working in detail like sculptors or painters, not to mention the possible military applications.

Unfortunately, it may be some time before these are commercially available. The project is still very much in the research stage, but does expect to begin new clinical trials in November 2013.

These aren’t the only hope for those suffering from visual impairment. Incredible trials with stem-cell technology have successfully restored sight to blind mice, and could has a great potential for human development.


Lab Grown Stem Cells Give Sight to Blind Mice

Photoreceptor cells were taken from a lab-grown retina and successfully implanted into mice with degenerative blindness. Researchers at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology have confirmed the successful adoption of the cells into the host eye.

The researchers injected roughly 200,000 of the cultured cells into living mouse retinas where they not only took root but remained present six weeks after implantation and formed the necessary neural connections to communicate visual data to the brain.

Bline Mouse

Apparently the process is still about five years away from human trials, but stem-cell treatments and other advanced medical technologies including nano and bio-technology are beginning to thrive.

Slowly but surely, we’re taking control of our biology. Our future is a time when disease, disability, and even death could be prevented.



The Potential of 3D Printing


Check out this cool interactive article on 3D printing from CNN. It’ll be interesting to watch the world adapt to this new technology.

I think the most interesting/beneficial use is with bio-printing personal organs for transplants, but of course cheaply printing food will drastically help reduce hunger across the world.

I’m curious to see what interesting ways this technology will be used that we haven’t conceived of yet. Hit the link to learn more.

3D Printing –