You’ve heard of putting something over your eyes to enhance your vision… but what if you could ditch the contacts and glasses and have technology correct your eyesight for you?
Well, now you can.
Researchers are testing out a new display that automatically alters your vision for you. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re farsighted or nearsighted… the screen adjusts according to the condition, making it perfectly legible for all.
As project leader Brian Barsky says, “We’re going to compensate for the particular aberration in the viewers’ eyes by modifying the image that’s going to be displayed.”
A camera and a series of lenses are set up to simulate a certain eye condition – for example, farsightedness – and a screen at the far end adjusts to counterbalance the vision problem.
But here’s the tricky part…
From Four Eyes to Two
In order to get the image just right, the research team must create an algorithm, which dictates the light intensity of each pixel in the display, based on the viewer’s vision prescription.
Next, the light filters through a plastic cover covered in tiny pinholes. This bends the image accordingly, making it appear focused and sharp.
As of now, the technology is in the building block phase.
Up to now, the display works for people with low-order eyesight problems. But researchers are keen to unleash the technology’s full potential. That is, corrective vision for those with more complex impairments and eye disorders that glasses just simply can’t correct.
Now that’s life changing…
And not only will this technology help the population, businesses could also capitalize. For example, manufacturing screens for handheld devices that adjust to a user’s vision problems.
There’s plenty of work to do before this technology really transforms the health and consumer electronics industries… but it certainly boasts potential.
Tech Research Team