ir-contactsBeing on the cutting edge of technology is always interesting, and when it comes to contact lenses, we have seen our fair share of advancements made in this particular department before. For example, the iOptik from Innovega happens to be an augmented reality contact lens, while this pair of smart contact lenses purportedly measures your glucose levels. A bunch of engineers over at the University of Michigan have worked alongside the wonder material known as graphene, inserting a dielectric in between two layers of graphene, where it ends up having a sensitivity that is roughly equal to that of a standard digital camera. To know how it all ends up as a contact lens, read on after the jump.

Graphene happens to be sensitive to multiple wavelengths of light that is outside of the visible spectrum, where among them include infrared and ultraviolet. The graphene sandwich that was developed is sensitive to visible light and infrared, and because it is thin, the team does drop a suggestion that if it were to integrate it with a contact lens, it might be able to offer infrared vision, now how about that?

Only time will be able to tell, so we will just have to wait and see how future research will pan out on this particularly creative use of graphene.

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