Head up display – Laser directly into your eye… hmmm…

Check this out, on the engadget site.

VRD nerd

Looks like some science nerds at the University of Washington’s Human Interface Technology Laboratory have hooked up a screenless heads-up display they call the virtual retinal display (VRD), which, unpleasurable as it sounds, fires laser-drawn images right into your eyeball off microscopic mirrors oscillating at incredibly high speeds. Intended for use with cellphones and other wireless devices, the upshot is that the picture has a theoretically infinite resolution, is vibrant, bright, and doesn’t require those silly little screens right up in your eye that use up way more power. But yeah, you end up with a laser beam in the retina. And the other downside? Well, duh, it only displays red (that is, until we get some miniaturized blue and green lasers).

ok, so quick show of hands... All those in favor of having a laser blasting into your eyeball raise one hand...

- Mike

Comments (7)

  1. Clint Modien says:

    *raises hand*

    it sounds kewl

  2. MartinJ says:

    blinking the one eye left, "I’ll have another look, I didn’t see nothing the first time."

  3. Don Newman says:

    Hmmm…. Since it seems that it doesn’t completely obscure your vision in that eye you could theoritically have one for each eye giving a stereoscopic view (3D for those that can’t read big words) overlayed on top of the world around you. Think first person shooter in a real environment like a paint ball arena but with virtual enemies.

    Now I just have to choose between raising my hand and running off to the patent office…

  4. Smeg says:

    See, Pr0n can make you do blind

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