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Making eye contact, interactive

The other day I came across an article that I thought was very interesting. Titled A Terminator-style contact-lens display, it talks about how scientists have discovered a way to incorporate a single LED with an antenna into a contact lens. When a radio frequency is sent to the LED the antenna will pick it up and light up the LED. If this technology progresses we might soon be able to see the latest text message or social networking update right in front of our eyes. Or we might be able to watch entire movies or tv shows right in front of us. This technology brings us one step closer to the technology we see in the movies, where they have a constant stream of data flowing right in their eyes. My fear is that it would make testing and academic integrity very difficult, because people would be able to see the answers without getting caught. How would teachers catch them? Will everyone have to have their eyes scanned before every test, these contacts would be virtually invisible when not activated, so I guess that would be the only way. What do you guys thing would be some cool applications of this technology? How about some negative effects of these?

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  1. November 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I actually read about this the other day and was going to post about it myself! I thought it was an incredible idea, and very futuristic and movie-like. I didn’t consider the idea of cheating on tests with it – what a horrible thought! If they do proceed with this technology, I hope that they find a way to regulate its use in schools, as it could add a whole other level of distraction for students as well as the danger of cheating. This technology would make carrying around laptops or even smartphones virtually unnecessary and certainly lighten our loads in terms of carrying books and laptops in bags. While it would be supremely convenient, the dangers it poses do make me wonder at its negative effects.

  2. dj74
    November 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I think the ides is cool but pretty unnecessary and impractical. Firstly, I already see numerous people a day walking across a busy street without looking to see if there are any cars coming because they are too absorbed in their phones. Adults want to say that kids are to obsessed with texting each other and not as aware of their surroundings; but the same applies to professionals who are constantly checking their email and think that no cars will hit them when they are in a rush (try using this tactic in New York and see how far you get). This is the affect a small screen in our hands has on us, what would happen if all of these messages were transmitted directly in front of our eyes. Mayhem. Maybe there is a way to make sure that your entire line of sight is not compromised, but as for me I think ill stick to glasses.

  3. November 29, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    This idea is very sophisticated but with regards to using it at the wrong time, people would really have to use it in moderation and use it wisely. If you think about it, it would actually make zero sense to use those contacts while you are crossing the street or even walking down the street for that matter because you couldn’t see anything. This would be more useful when you have a minute at lunch or you are standing still and want to check your e-mail or information quickly.

    As far as testing goes it would get really tricky. I don’t know what you would have to do because you could make them illegal in classrooms, but students could potentially still use the contacts if they weren’t checked every time they stepped in the room. You would have to go on the integrity of the students for the most part, and at big universities that might be a problem.

    Cool innovation, has a lot of questions to be answered before public consumption though.

  4. November 30, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I usually just go the low-tech route and write all the answers on my non-powered contact lenses before my tests anyway, so I can only see this as progress – kidding. This technology seems so far away to me that it’s not worth worrying about, even if you’re a teacher OCD about cheating. To just have enough LEDs, processors, and a battery on a contact lens – not a mention a way to control what you are seeing – creates so many problems that need to be overcome first.

    I have to admit, the hypothetical situation is pretty intriguing. At first, this technology could be a huge boost in helping those who can afford it to achieve higher grades through not so honest means, and would definitely have some interest and funding, but more likely from the government/military. If and when the tech became more attainable and widespread, it is likely some means of cheating prevention would be found. At that point, the technology would no longer be a secret, and a company could profit on counter-tech that could be sold to schools or security agencies. Thinking about it, I honestly hope I can be part of one of these companies either producing or counteracting the technology.

  5. November 30, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I usually just go the low-tech route and write all the answers on my non-powered contact lenses before my tests anyway, so I can only see this as progress – kidding. This technology seems so far away to me that it’s not worth worrying about, even if you’re a teacher OCD about cheating. To just have enough LEDs, processors, and a battery on a contact lens – not a mention a way to control what you are seeing – creates so many problems that need to be overcome first.

    I have to admit, the hypothetical situation is pretty intriguing. At first, this technology could be a huge boost in helping those who can afford it to achieve higher grades through not so honest means, and would definitely have some interest and funding, but more likely from the government/military. If and when the tech became more attainable and widespread, it is likely some means of cheating prevention would be found. At that point, the technology would no longer be a secret, and a company could profit on counter-tech that could be sold to schools or security agencies. Thinking about it, I honestly hope I can be part of one of these companies either producing or counteracting the technology.

    My only idea on prevention would be similar to how teachers prevent students from texting during tests. To control what is on the contact, it is likely there would need to be some sort of hand-held device. If teachers prevent students from having these out, then it is likely students wouldn’t be able to use the contacts effectively. I also get the feeling that these contacts would look different from the norm, and could be picked out by someone. Institution could then set up rules such as “no food, cell phones, pagers or LED contacts allowed.”

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