High-Tech Glasses Beam Info Directly Onto Your Retinas

The secret specs could allow users to view whatever they care to in privacy

Office workers may never have to worry again about viewing hilarious but NSFW images surreptitiously. A pair of glasses developed by Brother Industries can project images or documents directly onto a wearer’s retinas.

The Retinal Imaging Display technology displays a small image 10 centimeters wide that appears to float about 1 meter (3.3 ft) in front of a user’s eye. Images have an 800×600 resolution and refresh at 60Hz.

Through the Glasses

A conceptual image of the view through the new specs

Each pair of glasses holds an optical scanner, eyepiece and a light source that also contains a tiny power box. Brother Industries derived its application from laser printing technology, as well as piezoelectric technologies based on inkjet printing.

Similar technologies have tried embedding heads-up displays within the lens of glasses. Other heads-up displays have gone for more specific applications, such as giving drivers a safer experience on the road.

The company has yet to announce how much the specs will cost when it commercializes them next year. But reading those operation manuals hands-free at your desk never sounded so exciting. Those are operation manuals, right?

[via Register Hardware]