There is often a debate about whether equipment for disabled people gives them an unfair advantage (like cheetah legs for Oscar Pistorius at the Olympics for example).
This time, there is no debate.
This device, designed to improve sight for people with age-related macular degeneration, most certainly gives them capabilities beyond the normal eye.
By wearing a special contact lens with 4 tiny mirrors embedded inside, the user is able to have telescopic vision by simply putting on some shades.
How it works:
- When wearing the contact lens alone, light passes through the center and you experience normal vision.
- When you wear the lens with polarizing glasses, light hits the outside of the lens. From there it is reflected back and forth off the mirrors and into the center of the eye, magnifying the field of view 2.8x.
People with age-related macular degeneration suffer damage to the center of the eye but the outer edges are often left unscathed by the disease. The value of this technology is that it utilizes that outer region and can restore sight in those people.
Obviously, the military has taken an interest in the device. Anyone can wear this lens–who wouldn’t want to feel like Superman? And it comes with a disguise! Glasses work for Clark Kent…
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