Video: futuristic use of retinal implants for enhanced visual perception

Two students, Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo, studying at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, created the short film above. It offers a glimpse of near-future augmented visual perception in a form of visual overlays for the world in front of our eyes. Every aspect of our daily activities, from cutting vegetables to picking an outfit for a date, becomes a part of the game. The proposed visual overlays and communication link to a PC/smartphone can potentially be implemented using the contact lenses with embedded OLED screen and a Bluetooth chip. However, even inclusion of motion tracking inside the contact lens probably would probably not be able to provide smooth tracking of eye movements and saccades. For more natural integration of external visual information and an OLED overlay, the latter could be placed in front of the retina (epiretianlly). Alternatively, the retinal stimulation chip coupled to the videocamera and the smartphone can be placed subretinally or suprachoroidally. Augmented visual perception is likely to gain more interest in a near future as the retinal implant market is rapidly expanding worldwide.