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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Performance Enhancing Contact Lenses?

It will be interesting to watch pro sports handle this:

The lenses come in amber for sports like baseball and tennis where the wearer must separate fast moving objects from the background, and grey-green for sports like golf, where the background environment is what’s visually important. Both colors filter out a significant amount of overall light, but they also sharpen and improve contrast, so they have a brightening effect, says Alan Reichow, who invented the lenses and is a sports vision consultant for Nike.

The amber lenses also turn the wearer's eye's an unsettling shade of red. But when Nike asked players if they'd like to create a version that created less of an evil eye, the answer was an overwhelming "no."

"They felt it gave them a more intimidating look," Reichow said, "and thus an edge over the competition."

Virginia Postrel has more, including this interesting tidbit:

PixelOptics of Roanoke, Virginia, just won a $3.5 million Department of Defense grant to refine its "supervision" technology, which Blum claims could double the quality of a person's eyesight. "Theoretically, this should be able to double the distance that a person can see clearly," he says.

At the heart of PixelOptics' technology are tiny, electronically-controlled pixels embedded within a traditional eyeglass lens. Technicians scan the eyeball with an aberrometer -- a device that measures aberrations that can impede vision -- and then the pixels are programmed to correct the irregularities.


  • I want some of these right now.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 1:53 PM  

  • Maybe, you're wondering how come I landed on your blog. If so, you might want to apportion some of the blame to Evan Schaeffer's, which by the bye has a rather neat blogroll.

    Anyway, upon visiting your little nook in the vast galaxy of the Internet, I surmised you'd welcome some insight concerning President William Jefferson Clinton.

    I, for one, can be easily persuaded that President Clinton introduced ... ah, maybe not in so many words ... "evolutionary economics". Acting within the constraints, imposed by this new economic discipline, the man made possible the hope that the nation's national debt could be discharged.

    For more details, regarding this insight of mine, one needs only click on the hyperlink below:

    .he who is known as sefton

    darn ol'paranoid me ... before depositing a comment here on your blog, I sent an e.mail to some 63 law school professors about the article, found at the other end of the above hyperlink.

    By Blogger he who is known as sefton, at 9:11 PM  

  • Isn't this an old story or is there a new angle here?

    By Blogger Ace Cowboy, at 11:15 AM  

  • As I no longer have time to read anything, I'm a bit behind, so thatt's probably the reason. It's only a few days old though.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 2:22 PM  

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