Friday, March 07, 2008

Soon, We'll All Be Bionic

Wow. Technology these days is unbelievable . . . and frankly a little terrifying. I want to call your attention to two new devices that are guaranteed to blow your mind.

The first (shown above) is a flexible contact lens embedded with microcircuits which may make superhuman vision a reality. Potential uses for the lens are limitless. They could allow their wearer to enter a virtual video game world. Or offer telescopic vision for those who want to see over long distances. Or provide instant information about the people or environment around you. More here.

The second invention is infinitely creepier. The picture below shows a wireless "tattoo display" that's powered by human blood. Confused? Please, allow me to explain. A devise is implanted under the skin and attached to a blood vessel. It uses the blood flowing through it to form pictures and patterns that look a lot like what you'd see on a computer screen.

The "tattoo" is able to communicate wirelessly with other gadgets. So you could send an email from your arm. Or check the weather. Or search the Internet for other bizarre things to do to your body. More here.

Big thanks to Topher and Debra for sending these stories to me!


Anonymous Nellie said...

-first comment-
That is just plain old freaky. I could send an e-mail from my arm?
Hey, then I wouldn't have to wait for the computer to be free all the time! I cold just do e-mail whenever!
But not Ananka's Diary!:(

11:54 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Oooooo.... Contactlens video game.... *D

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Raph said...

They're both amazing! I don't know whether to be relieved or depressed that there are no plans for commercialization, though, which is very confusing.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Jin Ai said...


6:53 PM  
Anonymous hobbes said...

OMGOSH..... can you turn it off sometimes? I wonder if you can feel it...

8:03 PM  
Blogger Mysterie said...

That is sooooooooooooooo weird. If they acually started selling the contact lenses, they'd have a real problem in schools. Not that I care ; ) The arm thing is just plain... wrong. No, wrong isn't the word, wierd? I mean, sending an e-mail from your arm! That's crazy. In response to Raph, I'm kina depressed about the fact that they acually invented these things. Though, I'm not sure why. Wow, that's a long post, and kinda confusing.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Mysterie said...

Nellie: You would be able to see Anaka's Diary, because it's got the same techy stuff as e-mail, you'd just see the blog on your arm instead of a computer...

8:22 PM  
Blogger ookamishinzui said...

(sory or the caps)
The contacts remind me of Uglies, Pretties,Specials and Extras.
I want those!

10:06 PM  
Anonymous hania said...

eek. this tatoo gives personal computers a new meaning.
the contact lens are cool. we can all become super-people.

12:07 AM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

They better not come out with an X-Ray lens!

But the tattoo sounds useful...wait...IT'S ATTACHED TO A BLOOD VESSEL?!?!?! Never mind.

When will you tell us who the judges are?

7:43 AM  
Blogger SAMEANANYMOUS said...

hey ananka:I'm going with my family to n.y.c. and i was wondering if you could meet me and dangerous at fridays(the resteraunt) in time square at 11:30

8:37 AM  
Anonymous dangerous said...

i just read what same ananymous posted and i think what she ment was could we possibly meet sometime saturday morning the 29th? we're seeing wicked at 2:00 so i guess she was worried about the time. i'll have a talk with her about how to make a suggestion. if you'll consider...

8:42 AM  
Blogger SAMEANANYMOUS said...

sorry to be damanding:(

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW- About the Iris portraits... When are you going to post 'em?

11:27 AM  
Anonymous ananka said...

Same Anonymous & Dangerous: I would love to meet you! But unfortunately I'm going to be in London on March 29th. (You are talking about this month, right?) That's too bad. Do you guys come to NY often?

Anonymous: The Iris portraits will be posted either late on March 11 or early on March 12.

IM: Soon!

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Patsee said...

I don't know if that's disgusting or fascinating. Kind of like dissecting frogs, in that sense.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous rage said...

If any one knows some sites in which I could find some strange Memphis history.I did some digging(wich was hard because the ground is frozen with snow) and was disapointed (LOTS of drug busts, a few murders, some politics, and dull blues).

3:53 PM  
Blogger Jin Ai said...

This is completely unrelated, but today I dragged my dad and In Hae, my sister, to King Street (well, actually I made him drive there on our way home) and got out of the car. I've been looking for the hidden houses for ages but I could never find it because I never had time to actually get out of the car. But today when I walked around looking for number 47, I actually found it, and it was amazing! I think it was the one in the NYT picture. I just wish I could go inside...
Hey, if you guys will be in NY, stop by the hidden houses!

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Kiel said...

oh my gosh! where do you find these articles ananka????

8:21 PM  
Anonymous dangerous said...

you're going to be in london? shoot. we don't come to ny often so that's unfortunate. oh well, perhaps another time.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Jin Ai said...


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