Pentagon: Soldiers of the Near Future will Use High Tech Contacts with "Videogame" Readouts


DARPA, the Pentagon’s blue sky science and technology division, see a future in which soldiers will see an information augmented world through contact lenses that provide readouts similar to those in first-person shooters. The agency’s Information Processing Techniques Office has sent out word that it requires plans for “the creation of micro- and nano-scale display technologies for the purpose of creating displays that could be worn as transparent contact lenses.”

DARPA seeks to leap beyond incremental, evolutionary enhancement of head-mounted display technologies to a see-through contact lens on which images can be displayed. This information might be command-and-control information, not unlike information provided to players of first-person, shooter-type videogames or synthetic entities and effects in a live training environment.

What’s most fascinating about this concept is the future that DARPA refers to is only 3-5 years away. University of Washington researchers are already working on a similar project; a “contact lens assembled with functional circuitry and LED.” They already have a prototype lens-embedded antenna that uses radio frequencies to power the gadget.

This is really fascinating stuff here. You can get the full details on Wired.

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7 Comments on Pentagon: Soldiers of the Near Future will Use High Tech Contacts with "Videogame" Readouts


On March 22, 2008 at 7:21 am

the end of the world is near!


On March 22, 2008 at 7:40 am


Why can’t I access filefront or ?????


On March 22, 2008 at 7:46 am

Hm, I’m not sure whetever this is good or bad news. It might be good as long as they use the technology in a good way!


On March 22, 2008 at 9:09 am

Yes I’m sure that the Pentagon will use it in a good way.


On March 22, 2008 at 12:21 pm

^Sarcasm Hint Hint


On March 22, 2008 at 1:43 pm

I wonder … (This is bad) if it meens it will display a life bar for your self and team mates ?


On December 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

if they do come out with this and put it in the market
im definetly gonna get some