Technobyte: Bionic lenses could make glasses and contact lenses obsolete

Aki Anastasiou brings you all the latest tech developments.

Diners at a KFC store in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou will have a new way to pay for their meal.

Diners can pay by scanning their faces at an ordering kiosk and entering a phone number - which is meant to guard against people cheating the system.

Combined with a 3D camera and liveness detection algorithm, Smile to Pay can effectively block spoofing attempts using other people’s photos or video recordings and ensure account safety.

www.reuters.com

This week I have been playing with smartphones from a new entrant to the South African market.

The Doogee phones sold under the Cask Crusaders umbrella are surprisingly good value devices that are well built with decent features for what you are paying.

The Doogee X7 for examples features a solid metal aluminium design, a 6-inch high definition screen and an 8 MP camera for under R2000.

www.doogee.co.za

А Canadian company called Ocumetics Technology Corporation1 is currently doing clinical testing for their Bionic Lens - a medical device that could make glasses and contact lenses obsolete.

If everything goes smoothly, the lens could be in your eye-surgeon’s hands and in your eyes in two years. And the capabilities it will give you are truly mind-blowing.

The Bionic Lens is a dynamic lens that replaces the natural lens inside the eye via one of the most common and successful procedures in medicine - cataract surgery. Once there, the lens restores clear vision at all distances without any visual quality problems.

It can auto-regulate within the eye by connecting to the muscles that change the curvature of our natural lenses, which allows it to focus at different ranges - potentially much wider ranges than our natural sight is capable of.

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