That Glass-Eyed Stare

Bluetooth headsets filled the streets with wildly gesticulating madmen talking to the disembodied voices in their heads. Now, thanks to a group of Belgian researchers, a similar mobile technology might start filling the streets with people who seem, well, drugged.

According to The Telegraph, those scientists have developed a contact lens that can wirelessly (of course) receive text messages sent to your mobile phone. From the article:

Unlike previous contact lens displays, which are limited to a few small pixels to make up an image, the new technology allows the whole curved surface of the lens to be used.

On top of that, the researchers believe they’ll have a commercial application ready within five years.

The idea’s pretty awesome and expands the definition of multiscreen considerably. And we’re all for wearable tech that doesn’t make us look like jerks. But it will mean people everywhere will suddenly stop in the street or mid-conversation to stare off into the distance as they read an incoming message.

Technology has always redefined normal human behavior. It just seems to be redefining it to align with behavior we’d usually assign to asylum inmates.