Contact Lense System Projects Images Onto The Eyeball

The Contact Lenses That Could Do Away With TV Screens: System That Projects Images Onto The Eyeball To Be Unveiled Next Week – Daily Mail

Contact lenses that allow the wearer to see high-definition virtual screens are to be unveiled in Las Vegas next week.

Dubbed iOptik, the system allows the users to see projected digital information, such as driving directions and video calls.

The tiny ‘screens’, which are the invention of Washington-based group Innovega, sit directly on a users’ eyeballs and work with a pair of lightweight glasses.

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Together, they provide an experience equivalent to watching a 240-inch television at a distance of 10 feet, according to Innovega’s chief executive Steve Willey.

The glasses are fitted with micro-projectors and nothing else. The contact lenses, however, are more complicated devices.

They can be worn on their own and only function with the iOptik software when a user looks through the company’s paired glasses.

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The system can work with smartphones and portable game devices to deliver video – or switch to a translucent ‘augmented reality’ view, where computer information is layered over the world we know it.

‘Whatever runs on your smartphone would run on your eyewear,’ Innovega chief Stephen Willey said in an interview with CNET. ‘At full HD. Whether it’s a window or immersive.’

Crucially, the device can be worn while moving around in a similar way to Google Glass.

Innovega customised the standard contact lens manufacturing process with a unique filter to make the contact lenses.

‘All the usual optics in the eyewear are taken away and there is a sub-millimeter lens right in the centre,’ Mr Willey told CNET.

‘The outside of the lens is shaped to your prescription if you need one and the very centre of the lens is a bump that allows you to see incredibly well half an inch from your eye.’

An optical filter also directs the light. ‘Light coming from outside the world is shunted to your normal prescription. Light from that very near display goes through the center of the lens, the optical filter,’ Mr Willey said

The contacts are due to be previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show and promise to provide a much more immersive experience than other head-work wearable devices.

The company unveiled a prototype of the technology at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, but plans to show a more advanced, working version next week.

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Innovega could also license the technology to other vendors, who may add elements such as audio, touch control, motion control, and other hardware seen in gadgets such as Google Glass.

Last year, South Korean scientists created soft contact lenses fitted with LEDs, bringing the possibility of transparent, flexible materials that can be programmed to take pictures a step closer to reality.

Unlike the iOptik, which requires glasses to work, these contact lenses can be used as standalone systems capable of performing tasks such as taking pictures.

Microsoft and the University of Washington have also been working on similar projects that seem more like a prop in movies such as Mission Impossible 4.

In 2012, they created a prototype of a hard augmented reality contact lens capable of receiving radio signals and transmitting them to the brain through optical nerves.

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Can You Spot The ‘Invisible Animal’? Incredible Images Show Nature’s Disappearing Act When Predators Are Near

Can You Spot The ‘Invisible Animal’? Incredible Images Show Nature’s Disappearing Act When Predators Are Near – Daily Mail

Whether they are hunters or the hunted, these cunning animals are all masters of disguise who can fool even the most beady-eyed passer by into believing they are not there.

Some hide under lily pads, some dissolve into the bark of a tree while others slip seamlessly into the snow, either to hide from a hungry predator or silently stalk an unwitting prey.

But the one thing from which they cannot hide is the all-seeing camera lens of photographer Art Wolfe.

He has spent over 35 years roaming the deserts of Africa, the rainforests of South America, the mountains of the United States and snow plains of Canada to capture wildlife at its most invisible.


It’s white in front of you! A willow ptarmigan in winter plumage, hidden on a brushy slope near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. The animals are trying their utmost to fool predators but that’s not enough to deceive international photographer Art Wolfe

He has travelled through every continent in the world in tireless pursuit of more subjects for his chef-d’oeuvre ‘Vanishing Act’ that dates back to the 1980s.

Art said: ‘Throughout my career as a nature photographer, I have challenged myself to present new perspectives on well-documented subjects.

‘Like most of my projects this collection has been a long time in the making.

‘Finding and filming animals on location is an exhilarating and painstaking process. I’m still adding to the project even now.

‘Conventional wildlife photography calls for isolating the subject by selective focus, this way the animal is clearly defined.


Having a giraffe: A Giraffe in Transvaal, South Africa. Wolfe’s 35-year career has spanned every continent as he has followed his passion for the environment


ee the wolf from the trees: A wolf peering out from behind a tree trunk in an autumn Montana forest


Eye spy: A spectacled caiman in Llanos, Venezuela. Wolfe works to make it visually challenging to the viewer by using depth of field, scale and placement and confusing the subject


Cunning tricks: A Great Horned Owl uses colour in its plumage to disappear in a temperate forest in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, left, while an American Pika performs a vanishing act in the Cascade Range of Washington, right


Leaf me alone: A Mealy or Blue-crowned parrot disappears like just another leaf in the lush Central American rainforest, Chan Chich, Belize

‘Photographers always want to show off their subject. And yet, is this really the way an animal is viewed by the human eye? Not quite.

‘We don’t have the isolating abilities that a telephoto lens provides. On most occasions an animal remains somewhat concealed by the clutter of its natural habitat-a necessity of survival for both predator and prey.

‘I have basically employed three different photographic approaches and purposely worked to enhance the difficulty to find the camouflaged subject-as difficult as it is in the wild to see animals that do not want to be seen.


Snake eyes: A horned adder matches the colour of the sand in the Namib Desert, Namibia, where they bury themselves using a swimming motion to disappear beneath the hot surface


Can you spot me? A Leopard conceals herself in vegetation at the base of a tree in Kruger National Park, Transvaal, South Africa


Rock and hole: A gyrfalcon at their nest built on a cliff, left, and a California Ground Squirrel blends in with its rocky environment, right


Bark and hide: A Great Gray Owl positions itself in front of a similar pattern to take advantage of his camouflage in Oregon, United States

‘Since it is impossible to capture all the distractions to the senses of an entire landscape in a photo, I worked to make it visually challenging by using depth of field, scale and placement and confusing the subject.’

Art is also a successful book publisher and television producer. He has published at least one book a year since 1989.

The 61-year-old from Seattle said: ‘It is in the wild places, where the edge of the earth meets the corners of the sky, the human spirit is fed.’


Invisible: A male Spotted Deer disappears among sun-dappled vegetation in Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India


Stop monkeying around: A family of Japanese Macaques disappear amid their rocky habitat on Honshu Island, Japan


I’m white over here! White-tailed Ptarmigan in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada


The long grass: An Impala hiding in vegetation in Botswana’s Chobe National Park, Africa


A sandy place to hide: A cheetah cub disguised against the Kalahari Desert, South Africa


Water good place to hide: A Common Snipe, well hidden in the shoreline vegetation of a Minnesota stream


Painstaking: Mr Wolfe, right, says finding and filming animals on location, such as this wandering tattler chick in Wrangell-Saint Ellias National Park, left, is ‘an exhilarating and painstaking process’


Out of sight hawk: A nighthawk resting on rocks where it blends into its surroundings in eastern Washington


Snow way I’ll be spotted here: A coyote camouflaged in the surrounding brush at the edge of a snow dusted field, Washington State, USA


Precarious perch: Two Klipspringers camouflaged against a rocky outcrop in Chobe, Botswana


Branching out: A well-concealed blue dacnis takes a rest in foliage in Panama

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A Happy (Belated) National Cleavage Day To You!

Happy National Cleavage Day – Daily Caller

Today is the breast day ever. Not just because it’s Friday, but because it’s National Cleavage Day – at least in the UK, and according to the makers of Wonderbra.

Anyone have a problem with celebrating it here in the U.S.A. even though it is not an official holiday whatsoever? Didn’t think so.

You’re welcome.

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Sedlec Ossuary: Cathedral Made Out Of Human Remains (Pictures)

Cathedral Made Out Of Human Remains – Talk About Anything

The Sedlec Ossuary a.k.a the Church of Bones is a small and the most unusual Roman Catholic chapel, located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic. The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, many of whom have had their bones artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel.

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