March 4, 2011 at 09:22AM
People who opt to wear coloured or crazy contact lenses may find that they are able to see 'augmented reality' images through their lenses in years to come.
Augmented reality is starting to become synonymous with smartphones, as users can download applications that allow them to see extra information when they hold their cameras up to a live image.
Experts in the US believe that this technology could feasibly be transferred straight to the eyes through contact lenses, Pocket-lint reports.
According to professor Steve Feiner, the notion of wearing lenses could become as widely accepted as wearing ear plugs or headphones.
"Contact lenses? Yep, it will happen," he told the publication.
"We need to be very careful with eyewear, though. It's a much higher bar to pass when we're dealing with someone's face."
The concept of augmented reality has seen a boom in popularity in recent months and Juniper Research this week predicted that the number of app downloads encompassing the technology will reach 1.4 billion by 2015.
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