Are you one of those who think that a contact lens is just that – a regular piece of corrective eyewear that is inserted on the outside of your eye so that you can view things clearly without the inconvenience of a pair of glasses? Well, apparently great strides have been made in the world of contact lenses, where a new model is being worked upon so that wearers are able to zoom in as well as zoom out on focal points, just like how one of those terrifying T-800 killer robots in the Terminator movie is able to do.
This new telescopic lens measures a mere one millimeter thin, and is made up of a central unmagnified optical path, which was surrounded by a ring of movable components that can magnify the view by up to 2.8 times. Of course, this technology is unable to compute the facial structure of potential targets, but the liquid crystal shutters do enable the user to alternate between normal and magnified vision. The research and development of this project was funded by DARPA, and the lens is under the purview of Eric Tremblay and his colleagues over at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland and at the University of California, San Diego.