As the first child in my grade school class to don glasses, I always fervently wished for a new pair of eyes to simultaneously correct my vision and make me cool again.
As it turns out, my wish wasn't far from a reality -- except the popularity part. Nothing trashes a playground reputation like wire frames.
An Italian generative design studio, MHOX, launched an ambitious project to reinvent the human eye by means of 3D bioink printing.
By 2027, it plans to have three new kinds of manmade eyeballs on the market to enhance your sight, allow for vision through filters and provide a first-person video recorder.
The project, called EYE (Enhance Your Eye), would serve those who've lost their eyes to accidents or diseases, as well as those who just wish life was a little more, or less, colorful.
Filippo Nassetti, MHOX partner and lead designer, told Dezeen,
Latest developments in bioprinting and biohacking let us imagine that in the near future it would be possible to easily print organic, functional body parts, allowing the human to replace defected districts or enhance standard performance.
First, patients would have their natural eyes removed by an organic system, the Deck, that connects the brain's optical nerves to the EYE.
From there, patients have the option to choose any of the EYEs.
EYE HEAL serves as a solution for blindness or disease while EYE ENHANCE provides 15/10 vision.
Those using it can ingest EYE pills to change vision to black and white or a specific filter.
If that sounds futuristic, get ready for the WiFi-enabled EYE ADVANCE.
It has the capability to record everything the user sees and share it on compatible devices.
"Black Mirror," anyone?
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