"And the stars are projectors, yeah, projecting our lives down to this planet Earth." - Modest Mouse
Microvision is developing a system that uses a wireless computer and a laser monocle to project images directly onto the retina. This allows users to have a head's-up display overlaid on their field of vision.
It could allow surgeons to get a bird's eye view of the innards of a patient, offer military units in the field a view of the entire battlefield and provide mechanics with a simulation of the inside of a car's engine.
"I was amazed by what I saw," said Harry Goldstein, senior associate editor of IEEE Spectrum.
"Seeing is believing and seeing these images floating in front of you at about arms length distance is pretty incredible."
"Reality can be enriched by having more detailed information about what you see."
There is still work to be done but potentially the system could become second only to tapping into the optic nerve in terms of getting images to the brain.
It could provide three dimensional pictures in perfect colour, able to simulate near or distant objects with complete realism, which could provide gamers with an intense sense of reality.
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