The advancements of the future can never quite be predicted. Or can they?
Supposedly contact lenses were first described and sketched by Leonardo da Vinci in the early 1500's, but it wasn't until 1801 when the first workable model was developed. Contact lenses became an official part of the practice of optometry in 1945.
Popular soft contacts, as we know them, were designed in 1960. They weren't available to the general public until the 1970's. Advancements since this time have seen different types of contacts lenses emerge, including bifocal, daily wear, disposable, colored, etc.
It's amazing how something was thought up, like with da Vinci's vision (pun) of contacts, only to become so common-place these days.
It's almost like with the rate of technology where it's at and new things on the market all the time, are our senses sort of immune to being awestricken? Have we come to sit back and 'expect' changes in technology to get better and better?
Or with new ideas that get developed, are we still on the edge of our seat wondering what could possibly be next?
If you were told that by 2020 there would be contact lenses with computer chips in them, where you would blink and be online, would you think it a future possibility or not at all?
What if you were told that your contact lenses are programmed to recognize faces, give you a person's biography, and provide language translation sub-titles? The military is already pioneering this technology.
Already there are chips implanted in people's brains that allow paralyzed people to use the computer.
So just like Arnold Schwarzenegger, in Terminator, was able to zero in on an object and identify a person, so too will we be able to.
Just the fact that contact lenses are a nicer alternative than glasses shows that this technology, as is, was impressive enough!