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10/8/2013 12:56 PM EDT
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krisi
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cool idea
krisi   10/8/2013 1:35:12 PM
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Cool idea...but how do you get energy to power the electronic contact lenses?

rick merritt
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Re: cool idea
rick merritt   10/8/2013 2:50:07 PM
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@Krisi: An integrated micro battery and/or energy harvester of course. Ambitious, I know!

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krisi   10/8/2013 3:16:01 PM
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Yeah, I know energy harvesting would be the best...but where do you put it? most harvesters require space, likely energy to be harvested is proportional to the volume of the harvester (or its surface)

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Caleb Kraft   10/8/2013 4:23:28 PM
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Ben Krasnow sandwiched a coil between contact lenses and powered an LED while wearing it... in his GARAGE!

 

Check out the video, it is insane.

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krisi   10/8/2013 5:57:49 PM
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OK, the coil is in the lens now, I get that...where is the other coil and source of energy? (in a practical device)

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Jelle De Smet   10/9/2013 4:03:44 AM
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Hi Krisi,

The idea would be overnight charging in an adapted contact lens container:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFMDN5JR5Yc

Also, for our artificial iris we are using liquid crystal technology, which can have a power consumption as low as 1 microWatt per square cm. Classic LCDs have a much higher power consumption mainly because of the backlight.

Best regards,

Jelle.

 

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junko.yoshida   10/9/2013 5:05:00 AM
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@Jelle, thanks for chiming in. That extra info. makes the story more complete.

I view this more of a whacky idea (than a cool idea), but what the researchers already accomplished in this is pretty amazing!

krisi
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krisi   10/9/2013 10:31:36 AM
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Thank you Jelle Makes sense Kris

rick merritt
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rick merritt   10/10/2013 5:04:27 AM
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Thanks for weighin in, Jelle! I want to be the first to know when a contact lens maker (or more likely Google) hires you!

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DrFPGA   10/18/2013 10:51:05 AM
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Energy harvesting might be a good way to go eventually. Temp differential maybe? Motion from eyeball moving? Blinking? I see lots of possibilities (couldn't resist)...

rick merritt
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rick merritt   10/9/2013 2:07:30 AM
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@Caleb: Just think of what he could accomplished had he been working in the living room ;-)

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Sheetal.Pandey   10/8/2013 3:24:57 PM
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Actually many innovations can be done on contact lenses its jusf one has to thinkover and keep on challengng.

krisi
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krisi   10/8/2013 3:33:34 PM
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easier said than done ;-)

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Mott01   10/8/2013 5:12:01 PM
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Induction, perhaps?

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More SciFi to become reality
geekmaster   10/8/2013 5:17:17 PM
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A logical step in technological evolution for me but my daughter pointed out the Scifi series Continuum where contact lenses are taken to another dimension. Thinking back to some older Scifi shows, they already implied the use of tablets, video phones and tricoders. Maybe we should take a closer look at what SciFi shows us now. This may be soon the next gadget of technology. 

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rick merritt   10/9/2013 2:09:02 AM
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@Descartes: True. I suspect many researchers take inspiration from SciFi, just as the Qualcomm XPrize is loosely based on the Star Trek tricorder.

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Auto-focus contact lens
DrQuine   10/8/2013 9:00:10 PM
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It seems that a much easier application would be to use a liquid lens and a distance sensor to produce a self focusing lens. The challenge, when driving, would be to avoid focusing on the automobile windshield and to focus on the road instead.

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