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Vision Correcting Displays Could One Day Replace Reading Glasses

Get ready to ditch those old reading glasses, because “vision correcting” displays could be popping up in all sorts of devices in the not-so-distant future.

A recent study — published by the MIT Technology Review — suggests that technology is in the works to enable devices to adjust the content on screen to “undo” the effects of vision problems.  Televisions, mobile phones, tablets, and really any other device with a screen would be eligible for this type of visual enhancement.

This technology holds the potential to not only free people from their prescription glasses, but actually goes beyond the level of corrective action available by wearing glasses or contacts. That is, because the algorithms can actively adjust the type of correction needed in real time,  this tech can fix vision problems that aren’t solvable by the standard methods.

For example, the article points out “spherical aberration” as one such physical defect. Essentially, this issue causes different parts of the lens to refract light in different ways. This makes it an issue very difficult to solve with traditional corrective lenses, but not outside the realm of what can be fixed using this new technique.

In the short term, I would expect this type of tech to start rolling out as an enhancement on a mobile devices, televisions, and other consumer gadgets within the next few years. Users will be able to enjoy their favorite video content without strapping on their glasses or having their contacts in place. This will affect the entertainment industry by expanding the potential audience for video based content to individuals who would otherwise be visually restricted from viewing and enjoying such content.

In the longer term, this type of technology could hold the potential to be integrated with glasses and provide nearly everyone with a way to see the world around them; regardless of their natural visual impairment.

Of course, this tech won’t replace eyeglasses overnight, but the promise of improved corrective-abilities certainly makes it stand out as one of the front-runners in the realm of next-gen vision improvement technologies — although the technology ultimately falls short in comparison to more advanced future-tech such as stem cell therapy.

If you’re young — and have perfect vision — this may not mean much to you now, but if the tech catches on, then I have a feeling you may eventually crown this technology the best darn thing since the original Game Boy.

Don’t believe me? Let’s chat in about 20 years.

I’ll be waiting for those emails.

In the mean time, check out the full story at Mashable.


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 Image Credits: SEBASTIEN WIERTZ via Mashable

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