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DARPA Works On Virtual Reality Contact Lenses 129

gManZboy writes "Binoculars and night-vision goggles have their limits. So DARPA is doing work at Washington-based Innovega iOptiks to create wearable eye lenses with tiny, full-color displays onto which digital images can be projected, to give soldiers better situational awareness. The lenses would allow users to focus simultaneously on images that are both close up (perhaps a display) and far away (perhaps a battlefield.) Using virtual reality technologies to improve how soldiers perform on the battlefield has been a particular interest of the U.S. military for some time."
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DARPA Works On Virtual Reality Contact Lenses

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  • Hoo Boy. (Score:5, Funny)

    by The Wild Norseman ( 1404891 ) <> on Thursday February 02, 2012 @02:26AM (#38900207)

    iOptiks? Cue Apple lawsuits in 5... 4... 3...

  • by kawabago ( 551139 ) on Thursday February 02, 2012 @02:28AM (#38900213)
    then we will all become Borg!
  • Re:Why? (Score:5, Funny)

    by EdIII ( 1114411 ) on Thursday February 02, 2012 @03:35AM (#38900481)

    DARPA sets ambitious goals in order to make faster progress.

    How do ambitious goals make faster progress?

    With that logic I hereby set as a goal to get laid by no less than three hot celebrities by the end of the week; Eva Mendes, Jessica Alba, and that volcanic hot blonde from Chuck.

    Accordingly this means that progress will be achieved faster and I should get laid by a reasonably good looking, conscious and otherwise not impaired, healthy woman by the end of the month.

    I'll let you know how that works out.

  • by MadKeithV ( 102058 ) on Thursday February 02, 2012 @04:07AM (#38900565)

    then we will all become Borg!

    You have beautiful eyes, baby. Where did you buy them?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 02, 2012 @04:17AM (#38900587)

    You have a very high minded view of the average soldier. I'd expect most grunts to be surfing the *other* side of the net...

    "We're taking fire from, uh hold on a sec, YEAH BABY, TAKE IT OFF RIGHT NOW! Be with you real soon, sarge!"

    Nah, he's talking about injected ads. In the near future, we will be able to fund our military through corporate advertising.

    So for example, when the soldier begins taking fire, the contacts can pop up a nice ad in full S3d.

    Soldier comes under fire. A beautiful woman appears before him and begins to speak:
    "Are you feeling anxious and stressed? For life's tough situations, Kevlar is there to help. With a full array of post-market body armor modifications, we are here to satisfy all your combat needs. Simply blink your left eye three times, then blink your right eye twice, and we'll send you a Free Sample of our newest line of ceramic plate insert."

    Solder, distracted by the woman, takes three rounds to the right leg and falls down. The woman vanishes, and a man wearing a white lab coat appears.
    "Are you feeling dizzy, having trouble standing, or suffering from severe pain in the legs? Try Band-Aid Brand (TM) disposables Field Dressings and Compresses. For those rough spots when the competition can't cut the Mustard Gas, you know you can rely on Band-Aid."

    Soldier, bleeding heavily and unable to move, begins to lose consciousness. His vital signs trigger another ad:
    "Life has enough worries without having to deal with more once you're dead. Smith Mortuary and Post-Life Services, INC is here to satisfy all your family's needs. Simply roll your eyes back in your skull, and we'll send you a free pamphlet and a coupon good for a Free Consultation on setting up a living will. And for the low-low price of $99.99 we can file your Last Will & Testament right now. (some restrictions apply not valid in all states this is not an offer to solicit medical or legal advice smith mortuary and post-life services, inc. is not responsible for incomplete wills due to combat fatigue, death, or unexpected injury) CALL NOW"

  • Re:Hoo Boy. (Score:5, Funny)

    by Lemmy Caution ( 8378 ) on Thursday February 02, 2012 @05:36AM (#38900855) Homepage

    Ah, it's the Apple of your Eye.

  • Re:Hoo Boy. (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 02, 2012 @10:02AM (#38901811)

    The Apple ][

  • Re:Hoo Boy. (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 02, 2012 @10:45AM (#38902235)

    Ah, it's the Apple of your Eye.

    It would be called the iEye, and marketed initially at the Navy...

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