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Unreadable road signs? Distant advertisements? Blink twice and see it clearly like never before.
Engineering scientists at the University of California San Diego led by Joe Ford proved that nothing is impossible with science. They created a prototype contact lens that is capable of zooming in and out by just simply blinking twice. Our eye’s movements control the functions of these lenses.
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The scientists used the electrooculographic signals, the electric signals produced by the eye's movements as the basis for the biomimetic lens. These are made up of stretchy polymer films that respond directly to these electric impulses. We generate such impulses when looking up, looking down, blinking, and even when we are sleeping.
Using these signals, the lens created can change its focal length which makes the zoom on technology possible. Focal length in photography tells us the angle of view or how much of the scene will be captured and the magnification or how large individual elements will be.
Aside from that, these lenses are also capable of zooming even when you can’t see. How? Just Blink.
This technology has many possibilities like in criminal investigations. The researchers are hoping that their invention will be developed into “visual prostheses, adjustable glasses, and remotely operated robotics in the future.”