3D Contact Lens Coming Soon?

Illustration depicting the layers of the LED device. Kong et al, Nano Letters

Illustration depicting the layers of the LED device.
Kong et al, Nano Letters

Here’s a hypothetical question: Would you rather have a head-up display on glasses or a contact lens? If you answered “contact lens”, the bad news is that you may be waiting some time. But the good news is that it just got a little more feasible, with the invention of the world’s first 3D printer that can print LEDs.

The team, led by Michael McAlpine at Princeton University’s McAlpine Research Group, has successfully used its printer to 3D-print quantum dot LEDs — LEDs that are considered the next step up from OLED. QLEDs shine brighter and with purer colour, at a lower power consumption rate, using cadmium selenide nanocrystals. They’re also ultrathin, flexible and transparent — like, for instance, contact lenses. (Full Story)

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