While lawmakers are busy with contact lens laws and contact lens retailers are forming coalitions and eyecare professionals are signing petitions.. A few other researchers and companies have been filing patents and working on Smart Contact Lens.
1.) DARPA has developed a bionic contact lens that allows the wearer to focus by winking their right eye. To unfocus, they wink their left eye. The purpose of this contact lens is to help those with macular degeneration. They have been working with Innovega’s iOptik.
2.) The Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) research team led by Dr. Song Yong-won has successfully developed a self-powered contact lens medical monitoring device for diabetes. (Business Korea)
3.) Google with partner Novartis is developing a contact lens that can measure glucose levels. The patent is for using a tiny wireless chip and a tiny glucose sensor.
5.) Google (again) has filed a patent for a vision correcting injection. (Daily Mail)
6.) Samsung first patent filing was in 2014. They will make a contact lens that holds a mini camera and can be transmitted to smart phones in a blink of an eye.
7.) Sensimed, Triggerfish is a contact lens that measures the wearers eye pressure. They have secured marketing approval from the U.S. Food and Drug and are already being worn.
8.) Sony’s patent for a Smart Contact Lens that takes videos led to a firestorm negativity. By blinking their eyes a wearer can record anything. Other functions include taking pictures, autofocusing, zooming and a few more.
9.) A University of Wisconsin team is working on an auto-focussing contact lens. Based upon the elephantnose fish retina, Hongrui Jiang, Ph.D., hopes to adapt the fish retina into a contact lens. Availability in 5-10 years.
10.) From the University of Michigan come the first night vision contact lens. Led by Dr. Zhaohui Zhong,
The functionality of Smart Contact lenses will do more than monitor health. Improving vision, detecting diseases, training and more. Much is yet to be seen over the next 5 to 10 years.