Televisions 'to be fitted in contact lenses within ten years'

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The sets would be powered by the viewer's body heat, according to Ian 
Pearson, a so-called "futurologist" who has advised leading companies 
including BT on new technologies. 

Mr Pearson told the Daily Mail he believed that channels could be 
changed by voice command or via a wave of the hand. 

Meanwhile "emotional viewing" could be another development in television 
technology, according to a report commissioned by the technology 
retailer Comet. 

A "digital tattoo" fitted to the viewer would pick up on the feelings of 
characters on screen and create impulses causing them to feel the same 

The development could see James Bond fans become able feel the thrill of 
a high-speed car chase or sports fans allowed to share the joy of elated 
players, it said. 

"We could even get to the point where we'll be able to immerse ourselves 
in a football game, making it feel like you're running alongside your 
favourite player or berating the ref," the report added. 

Miriam Rayman, of the Future Laboratory consultancy, which compiled the 
report, said the basic technology needed for the developments already 

She said: "The technology is getting smaller and smaller and people are 
trying to work out how to make it more immersible. They are trying to 
bring it closer and closer to the eye."
And 20 years ago, monitors in glasses was the Next Big Thing.  They
existed then, they must exist now, but when was the last time you
saw any in use, or even heard about them?

They would be ideal nowadays, as screens get smaller but content
increases.  Yet, they aren't out there, which indicates a lot.

Contact lenses are a much greater problem, since you have to build
everything into the contact lenses, including the means of getting
information to them.  A pair of glasses has near infinitely more
space, and of course there is much easier methods of getting
the data in.