Everything robotic is on the rise! As of late, researchers at the University of California San Diego have explored the idea of contact lenses that will zoom in on objects by blinking twice! They are called “soft robots” which actually copies elements found in living organisms. They can be integrated with a human body and this is one of the projects that is taking center stage.
The researchers have actually created a prototype contact lens that’s controlled by the movement of your eye. You can simply blink twice to zoom in and out from an object. These biomimetic lenses are made from elastic polymer films designed to respond to the electric signals that are generated by eye movement.
The layers that expand or contract will change the thickness of the lenses which changes the amount of light that passes through. Actually, this technology is not new, it’s very much like eye-tracking technology that allows people to control their wheelchairs.
Due to many unique features, soft robots have been extensively explored to work in collaboration with humans. The latest development of soft robots can be either controlled manually or through a pre-written program.
The researchers explained that current developments have created a human/machine interface that uses electrooculographic signals that are generated by the movement of the eye to control motions and change the focal length of a biomimetic soft lens.
The motion and contortion of soft lenses are achieved by actuating areas of the dielectric polymer films which copies the mechanism of the eyes in people as well as in most mammals. In a recent study, the system has the potential to be used in visual prostheses, adjustable glasses, and remotely operated robotic in the near future.
This is really an amazing breakthrough that could allow your eye to see things more clearly and even zoom in on very small objects that the human eye has difficulty seeing. From there, the sky’s the limit.