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Study Says Future of TV Is in Contact Lenses

Would You Watch TV on Your Contact Lenses?

Cue the creepy futuristic music: Some British consultants are claiming that the future of television is in contact lenses.

The idea is that television technology would shrink till it was the size of a standard contact, which would then be powered by body heat. You could change channels with motion or voice commands, and the people around you wouldn't be able to tell what you were watching.

Their argument is that the technology would make TV feel more immediate and interactive — you'd practically be in the show. On the other hand, um, my parents always told me to sit further away from the TV! And I'd think this would make it very hard to have a Super Bowl party or watch a movie with friends.

If such a thing does become possible, would you ever want to watch TV via contact lenses?


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tglynn tglynn 8 years
I'm too claustrophobic for this! lol
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Too weird. What if there was a scary part and I wanted to close my eyes. Would I still see what was happening?!
heyjen19 heyjen19 8 years
I think its a very interesting idea. I would love to be able to watch tv while at work, I am a multi tasker, so I like to have background. I wonder how you would hear it though. Very interesting idea.
tlight tlight 8 years
How do you even focus on an image ON YOUR EYE? Are people driving with these things in? How would you know? This is terrifying when you think about it.
Angelica Angelica 8 years
In the year 2000.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
No I would never do this. I feel like it's another way to distract people from important things going on. People will walk around like zombies.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Ummmm a bit weird and, I'm curious for thse of us who wear RX ones how this would work, or could it?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Just think how many boring hours of class this would have relieved me of.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
i'm sure by then our eyes will adapt to be able to handle it... think about how long we stare at backlit electronics all day...
Advah Advah 8 years
Hyzenthlay, my first thought was "wow this would be even more inconspicuous than listening to my audiobooks at work!" (ok, "inconspicuous" wasn't in my first thought)
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I don't think so. I can only wear contacts during certain times of the year because of my allergies. I don't think I really want to be watching TV and my 'channel' fall out. But it is very interesting and neat technology.
Phil Phil 8 years
So, they've updated the video glasses idea. For contact lenses, I see how the technology would affect eyesight after prolonged usage, how the particles used for technologies interact with our physiology. The problem with industrial science is that testing is typically adequate only for the short run--long enough to make a decent profit--and inadequate, in some cases disastrously so, in the long run. And anyway, it would be too impractical as it's doubtful that it would become a cost-effective device, it would be far too easy to lose or to break (and, then, what would happen if it were to have an indistinct crack and a consumer used the product?), and there are better technologies that would make the entertainment experience far more dynamic (re: holographic technologies, coupled with cameras capable of capturing all angles simultaneously, so users can actually stand within the film or television show they're experiencing. Both technologies are currently in existence.). Also, the lenses would have to either use a light-blocking film to prevent visual distortion, or would have to rely on the consumer keeping their eyes closed. Considering, I could see tons of people falling asleep trying to watch a movie.
brick164 brick164 8 years
hhaha, when I was younger, I thought this would happen in the future.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
I had a dream about this years ago... it stuck with me... they stole my idea! :[ haha
nessa17 nessa17 8 years
I guess it would be cool but no way. i like watching my tv the regular way and my contacts can be such an annoyance.
misscococherie misscococherie 8 years
haha! i own contact lenses and i have them on for a certain time because they start to irritate my eyes, I love watching TV the normal way, watching it with contact lenses will be just toooooooo weird and irritating lol
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
maybe - i think that i'd have to know more about it and how it could affect my sight and everything. think about it, if you were walking down the street and whoops you blinked the wrong way would you have TV in your line of sight?
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 8 years
My first thought about this possibility is "Great, now the students will watch TV during class and we won't be able to tell." Parents will buy these things for their kids, and it'll become just that much harder to get them to focus on class. It's bad enough with the texting constantly during class (parents make excuses for their kids). That said, the technology is pretty neat!
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