Image by Harry Quan via Unsplash.

We live in a world where the answers to everything can be found on our phones. Need directions to someone’s house? Open your GPS app. Want to know how to spell a word? Google it. Do you have to present info and you need speaker notes? Use your phone. Did you get lost while hiking? Call someone.

But this method of using your phone for convenience is cumbersome. By staring at these screens, people are unable to enjoy all of the little moments. You can miss an awesome concert, a child’s first steps, or the highlights of a hockey game by getting caught up with your phone.

Not to mention that phones have several limitations. For instance, our phones aren’t generally able to process the visual environment around us that well.

Ever wonder what it would be like to not have to rely on your phone for everything? Just close your eyes and imagine a way to get all of this important information without having to stare at the screen of a device all day…

. . .

Now open them.

There already is a way, and it’s called augmented reality (AR). Augmented reality is a method of seeing the actual environment around you, yet mixing it with digital information for an enhanced perspective of reality. Instead of using your phone for everything,

Traditionally, you need a large device for this such as a headset or at least a pair of glasses. But several companies are already testing a less irritating and noticeable version of AR with contact lenses.

Most people don’t like the idea of walking down the street with an ugly pair of goggles on their heads. COVID-19 has demonstrated the challenges communication presents without the ability to gesture with the mouth. AR headsets would further eliminate human expression by almost entirely covering the eyes.

However, wearing a pair of contact lenses presents less challenges for the user as they are virtually invisible. You won’t have to worry about failing to communicate your thoughts properly, for instance. The eyes tell a lot about a person; with contacts, they still can.

If these contact lenses work as they’re supposed to, you’ll be able to open a text message just by looking to the corner of your eye, check reviews of a new local restaurant, and learn the various constellations while looking up at the night sky. They will be compatible with all of the phone apps you regularly use, too!

Image by Mojo Vision via Mojo Lens.

The best part is that they don’t always interfere with your life like a phone does. Usually, you have to turn off your phone to avoid distractions. With these contact lenses, you won’t be presented with an overwhelming amount of digital information unless you’re looking for it.

And if you’re visually impaired in any way, these lenses will be able to correct your vision like normal contacts can. They even help detect the edges of tables or beds in the dark when you have to get up for a glass of water or a bathroom visit.

That said, this technology is still being tested with prototypes. It’s possible that it will take years before these lenses actually make it to the public. Just knowing that it’s on the horizon, however, is pretty cool. Technology is progressing at an incredible rate, with every year bringing new and exciting innovations that make life a little bit easier.

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At techKNOWtutors, we realize that adapting to technology isn’t easy. Although most services have closed, we remain open – digitally – to answer your internet-related questions. If you need help with improving your digital literacy, send us an email at techknowtutors@cscnl.ca or join our Facebook group and send us a message.

Better yet, sign up for one of our online classes that we offer for FREE every week! Until then, stay in the techKNOW.

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