Light projected by the display (glasses) passes through the center of the pupil and then works with the eye's regular optics to focus the display on the retina, while light from the real-life environment reaches the retina via an outer filter
Via the filters, two separate images on the retina which are then superimposed to create one integrated image, or augmented reality
Acting as a micro-display, the glasses project a picture onto the contact lens, which works as a filter to separate the real-world from the digital environment and then interlaces them into the one image
Before we get too excited, the iOptik system does not offer a solution for potential stigma attached to the less than discreet Google Glass, as it too requires a pair of glasses to function
The company is in talks with potential business partners such as Oakley and Electronic Arts to look at refining the product for the consumer market
Embedded in the contact lens are micro-components that enable the user to focus on near-eye images
Though most of the attention surrounding the race to commercialize connected eyewear has focused on Google Glass, a lesser known player has been quietly toiling away. At CES this week, Washington-based company Innovega will be showcasing its first fully-functioning prototypes of iOptik, an augmented reality system which projects a heads-up display onto contact lenses.
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