Contact lenses have evolved enormously during the past two decades. Their uses have shifted from ordinary vision correction platforms to wearable sensing devices. They are now being called “Smart” or “Electronic” contact lenses. They have certainly featured a great deal in many Hollywood movies, such as “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and “Minority Report”. They have also featured in two different Black Mirror episodes.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, 2011, Paramount Pictures
Black Mirror: The Entire History of You, 2011, Zeppotron
These clever devices can soon become a reality. In our group, we have just developed a proof of concept contact lens that can be used as a healthcare platform. The aim is to use this lens for monitoring vital human signs. So far, we have demonstrated the successful integration of antennae on a curved PDMS substrate. Further details of this exciting work can be found here: https://doi.org/10.1002/aisy.201900190