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Boffins have come a step closer to creating a Terminator-style field of vision with contact lenses that give hands-free info updates. Soon you too could assess random bikers for the probability that their clothes will fit you and locate your primary target with the computerised contact lenses, which researchers have been …

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  1. Mondo the Magnificent
    Coat

    Visionaries...

    "Our next goal, however, is to incorporate some predetermined text in the contact lens."

    How about:

    Warning! Objects are closer than they appear

  2. Red Bren
    Terminator

    I for one

    welcome our cyber-leporine overlords.

  3. Z-Eden
    Joke

    Nice. I wonder if you could link it with some kind of health monitor. Maybe it could also be linked to your gun to give an ammunition readout. Maybe even to your body armour to give a status of it.

  4. Richard Wharram

    T1000?

    I think you mean T800.

    1. Matthew 17

      T-101

      We only ever saw how Arnie/Model 101 saw, nothing of the T-1000.

      1. Richard Wharram

        From Wikipedia

        When he reboots, the upper-left of his HUD reads "Cyberdyne Systems Series 800 Model 101 Version 2.4"

  5. Natalie Gritpants

    Not sure how you will read that text

    since moving your eyes along the line will move the contact lens and the text. Have you ever tried to look at those floaty things you see when looking at the sky - you can't unless it's slap bang in the middle. I do not want adverts scrolling all over my fovea thanks. Blink lights in the peripheral may be useful though.

    1. Francis Boyle Silver badge

      Since the lenses

      aren't actually floating that shouldn't be a problem provide the display is kept minimal. On the other hand the lack of microsaccades might be (depending on what they actually do).

  6. Matt_V
    Joke

    Even bigger scientific breakthrough!

    "Our next goal, however, is to incorporate some predetermined text in the contact lens."

    And the rabbits will tell them if they can read it?!

    1. ravenviz
      Coat

      What about L and R?

    2. TheRealRoland
      Happy

      How about

      "Car!"

      "Cat!"

      "Dog!"

      or a system that displays warning texts when getting close to your broccoli, other veggies.

      Maybe incorporate some sort of mild electric shock when getting close to a perimeter?

      Apparently I'm conditioned to get off an elevator whenever I hear the 'ding' and see doors open -- whether it's the right floor or not...

      So must be possible to train the rabbits for similar behavior (not getting off the elevator, obviously ;-) )

      1. Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge

        Sir

        @TheRealRoland

        PMSL new keyboard please :D

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Now wait 5 years for the first set of litigation to pour in, "My son went blind.", "My eye sight is knackered after wearing them for 98 hours straight while playing the latest VG.", etc.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So you can have 10% off if you agree to have a logo somewhere near the centre of your field of vision?

    1. Bill Neal
      Joke

      EYE PHONE

      Yes of course, but will it be ready in time for the iphone5? probably not. Then the next year they will make the internet connected model, and so on

  9. Gary F
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    Bunny Terminator

    The test subject is a rabbit? And how does the rabbit provide feedback on what he sees? Does he talk or jot down his observations in short hand?

    <Use posh classical voice>

    "My lunchtime carrot appeared slightly burred due to this large pixel that was obstructing my vision. However, using morse code the pixel reliably informed me that my carrot is 5.6cm long and weighs 104g. It then commanded me to terminate the carrot which I did using my trademark Leporidae incisors. Very tasty. Do you mind if I have another? Then perhaps you could provide another pixel so I can play Pong?"

  10. SpeakerToAliens
    Terminator

    "You've got DreamTime Technology in your contact lenses?"

    From "The California Voodoo Game" by Larry Niven and Steve Barnes. Part of the "Dream Park" series of stories.

    http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/content.asp?Bnum=1496

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_Park

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Or possibly Ramone Dexter's Fony Headcase.

  11. Alex King

    How come the rabbits get this first?

    "I need your hutch, carrots and water bottle."

    "Hasta la vista, flopsy"

    etc....

    Who said there's no upside for the subjects of animal testing?

  12. Will 28
    Terminator

    Arnie wasn't a T1000, he was a T800

    We never got to see through the vision of the T1000, so we don't know what he saw.

  13. Pete the not so great
    Go

    What about laser beams

    now that would be worth having

  14. Ross R
    FAIL

    I don't see this working.

    Try reading some text without scanning your eyes along it.

    Unless they are also going to track the movement of your eyeballs and keep the image fixed?

    1. Rodrigo Rollan

      Perhaps text could move instead of your peepers?

  15. Mako

    This isn't an anti-animal testing rant, but using rabbits is going to give you a very limited test set there:

    "Does it still draw power? Check. Is it irritating the eye? Nope. Okay Fluffy - tell me what you can see."

    "..."

    1. Voland's right hand Silver badge
      Devil

      That's OK

      Until you bring Algernon some flowers.

  16. John Smith 19 Gold badge
    Joke

    The state of the art

    In exam crib sheets.

  17. Ru
    Unhappy

    I was disappointed

    I first read the researchers as having 'tested [the contact lenses] on rabbis'. Alas, only bunnies assisted with this project.

    1. Swedish Chef
      Alien

      Not 'just' rabbits.

      This shocking image has just been handed to me by an informant in a dark corner of a parking lot. It's a snapshot from the experiment:

      http://88.84.11.236/stuff/Rabbid1.jpg

  18. John Robson Silver badge

    Glasses

    are far to easy I presume....

    Of course they'd be an easy way to put a power source within 2cm of the eyeball...

  19. Graham Marsden
    Terminator

    But...

    ... will it display 6502 assembler like the T-800 did?

  20. Christian Berger Silver badge

    I want it as goggles

    Goggles are cool and that would give me an excuse to wear goggles. :)

  21. MrJP
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    Don't bother working on the power distance...

    ...just embed the battery into a pair of thick, dark sunglasses, a la the Terminator, so preferably some Gargoyles ANSI Classics. Sweet.

  22. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
    Coat

    Mmmm...

    ...a targeting system for shark adapted head mounted lasers?

  23. arrbee

    one immediate use

    would be as a replacement for the mirrors on large trucks etc - i.e. project images from side & rear cameras onto "screens" in locations currently occupied by side/rear-view mirrors.

    Maybe with a terminator-style outlining of targets^W cyclists.

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