Holy Terminator Eyes! An LED Contact Lens That Gives Your Eyes A Display Overlay!

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Can you imagine contact lenses that give you a see-through display that connects via Bluetooth into your iPhone?  Maybe something that allows you to get news stories as they pop up, see email notifications in your vision, or perhaps maybe even something actually useful?  The people at the University of Washington have developed a test case of this exact scenario — albeit in the eye of a rabbit.  But if Bugs Bunny can see like the Terminator, with images and text, then where’s the limit?  I submit it’s the SKY!

From the University of Washington’s press release, cross-posted from the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering:

We present the design, construction and in vivo rabbit testing of a wirelessly powered contact lens display. The display consists of an antenna, a 500 × 500 µm2 silicon power harvesting and radio integrated circuit, metal interconnects, insulation layers and a 750 × 750 µm2 transparent sapphire chip containing a custom-designed micro-light emitting diode with peak emission at 475 nm, all integrated onto a contact lens. The display can be powered wirelessly from ~1 m in free space and ~2 cm in vivo on a rabbit. The display was tested on live, anesthetized rabbits with no observed adverse effect. In order to extend display capabilities, design and fabrication of micro-Fresnel lenses on a contact lens are presented to move toward a multipixel display that can be worn in the form of a contact lens. Contact lenses with integrated micro-Fresnel lenses were also tested on live rabbits and showed no adverse effect.

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Let’s hit some key points here:

  • Part of the purpose of this most recent test was to test the safety of this device on a live subject.
  • Scientists tested a real, live, working video contact lens display on a real, live, BREATHING AND POOPING RABBIT (that’s what in vivo means, basically not diced up into dead tissue)
  • The device had wireless power, and everything needed is integrated into the tiny contact lens
  • No bad effects were observed on the rabbit, which was anesthetized
  • The contact lens had one pixel, but the next phase is a micro-Fresnel multi-pixel display lens, which were also tested on the bunnies, with no apparent bad effects.

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This is, by all accounts, AMAZING!  Can you imagine the implications of having a see-through display in your vision?!  From my lighting designer mind, I see things like photometric data or spectrophotometric data just updating as you look at something?  I hate to be the one to state this, but you KNOW the Defense Department is going to get their hands on this if they haven’t already — and we’ll see the next round of soldiers equipped with instant range finding and targeting displays right there in their vision as if it was nothing at all.  Seal Team 6, for example, was rumored to be wearing night vision contact lenses on the raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan on Osama Bin Laden.  A rumor of course, but is it really that inconceivable that something along those lines is possible?  I think not!

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We’re still quite a bit away from the kinds of retina display technology we see in the movies — for example, in Mission Impossible 4 when Josh Holloway was in the train station looking at people’s faces as they passed by — but that technology is definitely going to be hitting our wallets in the next decade.  Call it intuition, call it a gut feeling, I don’t know.  But the interface is already there, Edward Snowden has made us very aware of that — and if it’s not already there by now, I have to believe that it isn’t way too far behind development.

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We already have license plate scanning cameras that police drive around with as they do their patrols.  We have data systems that can mine faces and scan instantly as people pass by the sensors.  What’s to say that soon we can’t have a device you go purchase at the local high end electronics retailer that allows you to shop for something anywhere, and while you’re looking at things in the store, you’re getting a display of the current price on Amazon versus what you’re seeing at Target?  Amazing thought, huh!

From an excellent article written in the IEEE Spectrum back in 2009, when the thought of monitoring someone’s blood glucose was an excellent reason for developing a technology like the one being tested today:

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These lenses don’t need to be very complex to be useful. Even a lens with a single pixel could aid people with impaired hearing or be incorporated as an indicator into computer games. With more colors and resolution, the repertoire could be expanded to include displaying text, translating speech into captions in real time, or offering visual cues from a navigation system. With basic image processing and Internet access, a contact-lens display could unlock whole new worlds of visual information, unfettered by the constraints of a physical display.

Besides visual enhancement, noninvasive monitoring of the wearer’s biomarkers and health indicators could be a huge future market. We’ve built several simple sensors that can detect the concentration of a molecule, such as glucose. Sensors built onto lenses would let diabetic wearers keep tabs on blood-sugar levels without needing to prick a finger. The glucose detectors we’re evaluating now are a mere glimmer of what will be possible in the next 5 to 10 years. Contact lenses are worn daily by more than a hundred million people, and they are one of the only disposable, mass-market products that remain in contact, through fluids, with the interior of the body for an extended period of time. When you get a blood test, your doctor is probably measuring many of the same biomarkers that are found in the live cells on the surface of your eye—and in concentrations that correlate closely with the levels in your bloodstream. An appropriately configured contact lens could monitor cholesterol, sodium, and potassium levels, to name a few potential targets. Coupled with a wireless data transmitter, the lens could relay information to medics or nurses instantly, without needles or laboratory chemistry, and with a much lower chance of mix-ups.

Three fundamental challenges stand in the way of building a multipurpose contact lens. First, the processes for making many of the lens’s parts and subsystems are incompatible with one another and with the fragile polymer of the lens. To get around this problem, my colleagues and I make all our devices from scratch. To fabricate the components for silicon circuits and LEDs, we use high temperatures and corrosive chemicals, which means we can’t manufacture them directly onto a lens. That leads to the second challenge, which is that all the key components of the lens need to be miniaturized and integrated onto about 1.5 square centimeters of a flexible, transparent polymer. We haven’t fully solved that problem yet, but we have so far developed our own specialized assembly process, which enables us to integrate several different kinds of components onto a lens. Last but not least, the whole contraption needs to be completely safe for the eye. Take an LED, for example. Most red LEDs are made of aluminum gallium arsenide, which is toxic. So before an LED can go into the eye, it must be enveloped in a biocompatible substance.

terminator_vision_02More from the press release at the University of Washington:

At the moment, the contact lens device contains only a single pixel of information, but the researchers say it is a proof of the concept that the device could be worn by a person. Eventually it could display short emails and other messages directly before a wearers eyes.

“This is the first time we have been able to wirelessly power and control the display in a live eye,” said Babak Parviz, an author and UW associate professor of electrical engineering. Among his coauthors are Brian Otis, associate professor of electrical engineering, and Andrew Lingley, a graduate student.

“Looking through a completed lens, you would see what the display is generating superimposed on the world outside,” Parviz explained during a 2008  interview.

The researchers findings were published Nov. 22 in the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering.

Perhaps the best-known science fiction character to use such a display is the Terminator, and for almost seven years Parviz and others have worked on trying to make the display a reality.

Building the lenses required researchers to make circuits from metal only a few nanometers thick, about one-thousandth of a human hair. They built light-emitting diodes (LED) one-third of a millimeter in diameter. And to help focus the images, the researchers made arrays of tiny lenses that were put into the contacts.

The contact lens has an antenna to take power from an external source, as well as an integrated circuit to store this energy and transfer it to a transparent sapphire chip containing a single blue LED.

Otis called this successful wireless transmission to a lens “an extremely exciting project … that presents huge opportunities for health-care platforms.” The team is working on a way to monitor a diabetic patients glucose level using lenses.

Check this out, it’s three minutes worth of awesomesauce — some of this project from back in 2011:

GAH!  What an awesome project!

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Photos from Somewhere Above the Troposphere

Thunderheads over Georgia

Thunderheads over Georgia

I had a flight into the southeast last week for a job interview.  I can never get my 17″ Macbook open wide enough to do a damned thing with it when I’m sitting in Economy, and I don’t have an iPad anymore because I gifted it to someone.  What I DID have was my iPhone, some really rough storms and turbulence, and a whole lot of time on my hands on the four legs of the flights!

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Check out some cool photos I took of the flights into and out of the home of the Gators!  I hope you enjoy them!

Click on ANY image to start the JimOnLight.com Photo Gallery Lightbox!

(if you’re reading this, you know who you are, I want my iPad back, you do NOT deserve to have it.)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NIKOLA TESLA! You Were A BADASS!

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Who is THAT?!  Wait, is that — is that Nikola Tesla?!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Nikola Tesla!

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla

Well, it’s birthday time for one of the most prolific inventory of humanity — Nikola Tesla’s 207th birthday is today (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943)!  If he was still alive, I would definitely suggest we have a Tweet-up and buy that man a round!  A man who thought all human beings should have free energy, believed in the power of peace, and created more useful inventions than most people alive today — Nikola Tesla is one historical badass.  He also got legally fornicated by Thomas Edison, which is another post altogether, but still managed to do unbelievable work on alternating current electricity.

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We here at JimOnLight want to share your amazingness with the world:

The History of Nikola Tesla – a Short Story from Jeremiah Warren on Vimeo.

Also — from The OatmealMAD PROPS to our man Nikola Tesla!  I cross-post this with every positive intention possible:

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We celebrate your life here at JimOnLight.com — and here’s a toast to hoping someone makes your dreams of free energy generating devices and perpetual motion systems a reality!

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Until next year…  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NIKOLA TESLA!

Passing Through from Olafur Haraldsson on Vimeo.

Tesla’s obituary:

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Thanks to The Oatmeal, Wikipedia, The Daily Kos, EEP, and Brad DeLong!

The Officially Unofficially Official Dark Side of the Rainbow Post (or Dark Side of Oz, If You Must)

Dark Side of the Rainbow.  I think it’s a cultural thing of our time, at least those of us who have been out there trying to find that answer to the question no one wants to ask…

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Call it what you will — some call it the Dark Side of Oz.  Others call it the Dark Side of the Rainbow, and an even smaller group of others call it the Wizard of the Dark Side, and The Wizard of Floyd.

No, as far as the world knows it and has been admitted by all of the band members, it’s a crock.  But, it’s an awesome crock.  Have you ever just turned down the lights, kicked your feet up with a nice whatever, and watched the visuals from The Wizard of Oz synced to the Dark Side of the Moon album?  If the answer to that last question was anything other than hell yes Jim I am doing it right now, then you need to go do this right now.

You can even buy Dark Side of Oz on Amazon.  That sounds crazy, doesn’t it?!

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. start The Wizard of Oz and turn the sound off.  Get ready though, you have something to do coming up here pretty quickly!
  2. When the MGM lion in the beginning starts his third roar, start Dark Side of the Moon.
  3. Sit back, and check that sh*t out.

OR, because JimOnLight loves our readers, you can just click on one of these Dark Side of  the Rainbow videos below!

On Vimeo, since I think they are awesome:

Dark Side of the Rainbow from Cottage of the Crone on Vimeo.

This video below is pretty awesome — YouTube user m1kef0y put this analysis together of a large portion of the lyrics that correspond with actions occurring in the film.  Bravo, brother!

OH — something else that is completely awesome:  Wish You Were Here ALSO syncs up with a movie coincidentally!  Here’s Metropolis and Wish You Were Here, with a side of awesomesauce:

Now definitely go full-screen on any of these videos, because as you’re sitting back watching this you’re not going to want to strain.  This is some cool stuff if you’ve never done it.  So?  DO IT!  You’ll love it, I guarantee!

Something else that is pretty awesome is Dub Side of the Moon by the Easy Star All Stars.  If you like reggae, you will pee yourself over this album, it’s outstanding.

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PHISH! New Video Clips of the Hampton Coliseum Reunion Shows from March 2009

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I started digging my way through the 2 terabytes or so of uncut, backlogged video I have to process.  Behind every folder is something I have forgotten that I filmed, and I am uncovering some really fun stuff!

Here’s a handful of clips from when Greggity and I flew the famous mockingbird from Columbus, OH to Hampton, VA for the Phish reunion shows on March 6-8, 2009.  The clips I had sitting in a folder were, in order:

Army of One
Wilson
Down with Disease JAM
Contact
Tweezer Reprise

Enjoy! Also check out Greg and I chatting with Chris Kuroda, Phish’s lighting designer, during the Hampton 2009 run, all four parts:

Part 1:
http://www.jimonlight.com/2009/03/23/interview-with-chris-kuroda-lighting-designer-for-phish-part-one/

Part 2:
http://www.jimonlight.com/2009/03/24/interview-with-chris-kuroda-lighting-designer-for-phish-part-two/

Part 3:
http://www.jimonlight.com/2009/03/25/interview-with-chris-kuroda-lighting-designer-for-phish-part-three/

Part 4:
http://www.jimonlight.com/2009/03/26/interview-with-chris-kuroda-lighting-designer-for-phish-part-4/

Ready?  Get your coffee, have a seat, and rock out!

PHISH! 2009 Hampton Coliseum Reunion Shows from JimOnLight.com! from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

Quick Video Shot – Supercell Storm Traveling Over Illinois That Slammed Oklahoma The Day Before

Editor’s Note:  I have about 2 terabytes of video content I’ve taken over the last year, and I’ve started going through it backwards in chronological order. This bit of video is of the huge storm that killed 24 people, destroyed 1,150 homes, and tallied up $2 billion in damages – but as it traveled the day after through Illinois.

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from the article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Moore_tornado

May 21, 2013 — my wife and I took the afternoon to drive out to film some wind turbines outside of Carlock, Illinois.  The sky was fine going to the wind turbine field, but as we were returning back to Peoria it just became black, dark, and sirens were going off everywhere.  It wasn’t until the radio did the Emergency Broadcast System noise that I decided to hit the side of the road, where I was able to get about 90 seconds of video of the storm front as it moved across the cornfields.

My video below is not a really dramatic video, but it shows the enormity of this squall line even after slamming into Oklahoma the day before.  That storm was moving fast, and it was huge:

A team of “storm chasers” that call themselves Fast Unit 53 captured some footage of the actual EF5 tornado, and their footage was used on KOCO.  Their footage is quite stunning, they were literally in front of the cell.  The term brass cojones comes to mind…

Be careful out there, amateur storm chasers.  Seriously.  Tim Samaras, his son Paul, and coworker Carl Young were killed on May 31, 2013 while chasing a tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma, and they were seasoned experts.  I know quite a few people who are thrill seekers who think they’re storm chasers.  Be smart, give yourself lots of room between you and the twister.  From an article at the Associated Press:

Tim Samaras, his son Paul and colleague Carl Young died Friday night when an EF3 tornado with winds up to 165 mph turned on them near El Reno, Okla. After years of sharing dramatic videos with television viewers and weather researchers, they died chasing a storm that killed 13 in Oklahoma City and its suburbs.

“It’s something we’ve done countless times in the past and have done it successfully and safely,” said Tony Laubauch, who was working with Tim Samaras’ chase team Friday night. “And, you know, whatever happened on this one, it’s just horrible beyond words.”

The men’s deaths in pursuit of the storm are believed to be the first among scientific researchers while chasing tornadoes, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said.  “They put themselves in harm’s way so that they can educate the public about the destructive power of these storms,” said Chris West, the undersheriff in Canadian County, where the men died.

Tim Samaras, 54, of Bennett, Colo., had a reputation for being safe but was trapped on the highway with his son, Paul Samaras, 24, also of Bennett, and Young, 45, who taught geology at Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

“I don’t know if I would say I worried about it because one of the biggest things he stressed was safety,” said Tim’s brother, Jim Samaras, who confirmed the deaths to The Associated Press. “He knew what to look for. He knew where not to be and in this case, the tornado took a clear turn toward them.”

Tim Samaras and his Twistex tornado chase team produced material for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic and meteorological conferences.

“He looked at tornadoes not for the spotlight of TV but for the scientific aspect,” Jim Samaras said. “At the end of the day, he wanted to save lives and he gave the ultimate sacrifice for that.”

The Oklahoma storm that killed the three chasers developed right in front to them. Tim Samaras tweeted a photo of clouds rising through a volatile atmosphere and noted: “Storms now initiating south of Watonga along triple point. Dangerous day ahead for OK — stay weather savvy!”

It was his final tweet.

 

P&O Cruises Ship, The Pacific Pearl, is Twice as Amazing with Projections!

Vivid Sydney 2013 just wrapped up in Sydney, Australia – I mean like on the tenth of June wrapped up.  Vivid Sydney 2013 is a celebration of light around the Sydney Operahouse, and really all around the city!

This year, P&O Cruises took their beauty of a sea vessel, the Pacific Pearl, out for a spin with one small exception — projections all over the boat.  You have GOT to see this!

First, some video:

P&O Cruises – Vivid Sydney 2013 from Romina on Vimeo.

and:

Then, from Alice at MyModernMet, who was apparently in attendance for this amazing visual occasion and makes me very jealous, posted some awesome shots from photog Craig Jewell.  Peep these photos:

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Here’s the Pacific Pearl without any lumen interference:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/craigjewell/with/8853297151/

Flickr user FlashFlyGuy — http://www.flickr.com/photos/9028007@N05/5421600846/in/photostream/

Awesome.  Stay tuned for more from Vivid Sydney 2013! 

 

A Timelapse Video of Dubai that Will Give You an Eyegasm

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Don’t worry — eyegasms are more of a brain thing that a discharging thing.  I mean, just so you know.

From Vimeo — a video of Dubai that will blow your eyes out of the back of your head it’s so beautiful:

Dubai Timelapse from dimid on Vimeo.

From the Vimeo user Dimid‘s page:

This video was filmed during our trip to UAE in January 2013.

Equipment:
Canon 7D
Sigma 10-20 mm 3.5
Canon 24-105 mm 4
Sigma 30 mm 1.4
Benro C-257 tripod

Sound: Foreground set – Go with the wind

This is amazing.  I hope this brings you some peace in your afternoon.  I know I need some.

High Speed Photography of Light Bulbs As They Explode, Filled with AWESOMESAUCE by Jon Smith

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I am really digging Jon Smith’s photography.  Jon is a high speed photography zen f*cking master.  Apparently he also does some Light Art.  Jon is Wide Eyed Illuminations on Flickr — and since I’m apparently in an all-about-light-bulbs mood today, watch this and then check out what’s beneath it:

THAT, good people of the world, is some amazing shit!  Jon fills up the glass envelope of incandescent light bulbs, and then shoots that sucker with a pellet gun.  Which, as you see below, makes awesomesauce.

These are my personal favorite pics from Jon’s full set on Flickr of the light bulbs.  I’m sure you’ll find your favorites too, but check out the whole set here.

Color Splash

Kitchen Sink

Orange Cap

Feathers in Blue

Oil and Water 1

Blue Puff

Color wheel

DEXTER LAMP!

Splitting Headache

ROYGBIV

Feathers Flying

Three's company

Color Splash 2

Heart of Gold

Gold Rush

Gel Balls

NonNewtonian 2

Mason Jar Collision

Flood Light

Pink/Blue Paint

Red White and Blue

Friday Afternoon Awesome – Pink Floyd Doing “Great Gig in the Sky” at Earl’s Court

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Sometimes all you need is some Pink Floyd to get by.  Here’s The Great Gig in the Sky from Earl’s Court in London – from the Pulse tour!  LOOK at all of those VL2s!!!  NICE!

Now go pick your face up and go back to finishing up your Friday.  If you’re really bored, go check out Earl’s Court as it stood during PLASA 2012…  it’s going to be torn down soon.