The prototype uses CMOS image sensors to take a high resolution 3D image, the wireless transmitter is then used to broadcast the signal to either a central unit, or directly via a line of site point-to-point connection. A thermovoltaic energy-scavenging device uses heat from the wearer’s eyelid to power the unit, so no batteries or mains are required for the whole operation.
Professor Poisson from the Engineering dept of the University Premiere de la Pril, Bologna, which developed the lens says, “The prototype is rather bulky for anything but specialist use, but we hope to be able to integrate all the equipment into normal pair of contact lenses. If the scale of electronics miniaturization continues at its current pace, a full production model could be available in as little as 6 months”.
The research has been sponsored by the several governments, who are believed to want the lenses to become mandatory to cut down on crime and fraud.
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