Who said ‘The Bionic Woman” wasn’t a realistic show?
University of Washington researchers are developing technology that bears an uncanny resemblance to the 1976 television series, mainly the part about the bionic eye.
UW professor Babak Parviz will present the technology at NASA’s Langley Research Center this Tuesday. The name of his talk speaks for itself: “What if Your Contact Lens Could Show You Images.”
Parviz and other UW researchers have developed a contact lens designed to display and monitor information about the wearer’s health. According to a statement from NASA, the lens uses tiny electronic and bio-sensing devices to monitor the biochemistry of the eye surface.
Information about the person’s health is displayed to the user through a virtual display, superimposed over what the wearer is otherwise viewing.
Parviz researches nanotechnology, bionanotechnolgy and microsystems at the UW. While developing the contact lens in 2008, he told a UW spokesperson the technology had the potential to branch out to “all sorts of applications… we have not thought about.”