Apple engineers have unveiled a miniature phone and screen developed for direct implant into the cornea. The new Eye-Phone will offer users convenience unparalleled in the history of phone gadgetry.
Even with eyes closed consumers will be able to view their Eye-Phone screen when they perform an action. The Apple developers also planned for those times when you want to get away from phones and screens for a few minutes or even hours at a time, so the new phone has a sleep feature as well as an even more strict Do Not Disturb setting.
Scott Baker of Fort Collins, Colorado, was one of the first to fork over the $15,000 for the new Eye-Phone--that doesn't even include the cost of the implant surgery--that's another $15,000 after the initial $10,000 dollars for consultation and 3D imaging of the eyes.
In response to Apple's announcement, Samsung has announced it will unveil it's new I-See phone in a few months time. Samsung's I-See is a phone and screen embedded in a contact lens and it too gives you a full time view of your screen.
Samsung's I-See will have several distinct advantages over the Eye-Phone, the first being price: The I-See basic model is $200 retail and lenses come clear, colored, and even in I-Alien styles; I-See users will take off their contacts at night and they can be charged in the contact holder with the cleaning solution, whereas Eye-phone users have to wear a recharging patch over their eye at night; I-See users just have a one time purchase for the contact lenses and there is no expensive surgery or consultation fee.
Sony and Bausch & Lamb have teamed up and plan on entering the market by Christmas with a user worn projection system that makes any mostly flat surface a screen for a phone or other mobile device.