Sunday, January 25, 2009

PCLs

For school, we had to invent a futuristic invention and write a paper on it. I'm actually very pleased with mine...


The invention discussed in this paper is a huge part of today’s society. It has helped in many areas of life, particularly in the architectural, medical and investigative fields. “PCLs”, which stands for Projecting Contact Lenses, are specially engineered contact lenses that allow what the wearer is thinking to be projected onto a wall or screen. They contacts are gravity sensitive, and therefore rotate to project an upright image even when the wearer is lying down. There are two different types of PCLs. The first is implanted in infants’ eyes before they are released from the hospital, and then the second type is implanted when the child reaches ten years old.

PCLs were invented around 2100, but, of course, those first few models were extremely flawed and were not capable of all that today’s PCLs are. The originals were not gravity sensitive, and also did not have the On/Off capability that today’s do. That particular defect made for some very interesting misunderstandings.

Today, type one PCLs will read audio commands and type two PCLs will read the wearer’s thoughts. Each individual has his/her own special thought sequence or audio sequence that will tell the PCLs when to switch functions. A PCL has three different settings: Public Projection, Personal Projection, and, of course, off. The Public Projection allows the wearer to visualize an image, and the contacts will project that internal image onto a wall or projection screen—really any blank surface. Personal Projection creates the internal image on the contact lenses themselves, allowing only the wearer to see the picture. This is helpful for designing anything from clothing to architecture to new hair styles. The Off setting silences the projection, making the wearer see only reality once again.

Now, the reason that there are two different types of PCLs makes sense when one looks at it. The PCLs that are worn from infancy to age ten are audio sensitive. They are just called “audio PCLs”, or “primary PCLs”. The way to make them switch functions is by saying the set “password” out loud. This is because an infant is not able to consciously turn his/her contact lenses on and off, and a child under the age of ten might not have discretion as to when it was appropriate to project an image. Of course, the child could still change settings, but by having to say the command out loud, an adult would obviously be notified and could turn the primary PCLs back off.

When a child reaches age ten, they are considered mature enough to switch to regular PCLs, which are controlled by a designated thought pattern. When one first gets his/her PCLs implanted, they must set the “password” for each setting. Something unusual that wouldn’t be accidentally triggered is best. A three word “password” containing a noun, a verb, and an adjective is recommended. For example, the “password” to activate the setting Public Projection might be “Blue Micro Earn,” the password for Private might be “Elevated Spoon Shoot,” and the password for Off might be “Crazy Thorn Catch.” The same system goes for the primary PCLs as well, the passwords just must be spoken aloud instead of thought.

This technology has been used in countless situations and even saved lives. One use for PCLs is in the architectural community. Architects can now spend less time trying to explain their visions to coworkers and more time making their visions reality. Infants unable to speak can visualize what they need so parents or guardians can help them without the long frustration of trying to figure out what the problem is. Disorders are easier to recognize and at a younger age. If a child is autistic, his/her thought patterns can help to discern that. Also, in multiple circumstances, PCLs have enabled the police to identify a murderer or a thief. The person who had witnessed the crime had only to conjure up an image of the offender and glance at a projection screen. Of course, if someone wanted to frame someone for the crime, that might be possible, as well. At least it would be if it weren’t for the Lie Detection Chip, or LDC implanted in every infant’s brain before they are released from the hospital…

5 comments:

Big Fish said...

cool! it's awesome fiction =D
you're really good ^_^

Katrien Scarlet said...

Wow! You put a lot of thought into that. I must have been required to do something like that tons of times before, and I must say that I have never put as much thought or detail into them as you have given yours. That definatly has to be an A.

And now, in response to the comment you recently left me... Yes, that is really how I think of myself. I guess it was a mixture of me being "my own worst critic" like so many other people are, and the fact that I was just generally in a bad mood that made me go off on myself that much though.

Kendra Logan said...

Thanks, both of y'all! I loved writing this, but it took me forever to get started. Katrien, I sure hope it's an A!! I could use one...lol! School is crazzzy lately.

You should NOT undervalue yourself so horribly. I only barely know you and I know that you aren't worthless or undeserving. Everyone has value, even if it's only because they're human. No one is worthless. Our creator is wonderful and does not make worthless people. If nothing else, He loves you.

Sorry. I know that was very religious, and I don't know how you feel about God, but it's the truth. You are worth more than you can imagine.

Really.

Nicole said...

Whoah! Awesomeness, Kendra! Hmm...wonder how they'd work on a pair of eyes that are incredibly scarred and small and cateracted (er, is that a word? I bet not, but I'm too lazy to go look it up) and possibly optic nerveless and stuff? Would people still see what I was thinking, and I just not be able to? Or maybe that would depend on whether my eyes are actually connected to my brain...which is unknown...LOL...for real.

Haha Okay, blind-geekness aside, that is so cool, and a really fascinating concept. You should do a futuristic story sometime and include them in it. And...back to blind-geekness...you should totally have a blind character who has those things, and everyone can see what she's thinking except her! Haha that would be so...um...not good for her but really fun to read about. Or maybe I really am strange and sadistic after all. LOL! I really want to collaborate with you sometime, because you are so brilliant. :D

Kendra Logan said...

That would be really funny, Nicole! I might have to try that, although I don't really know how good I am at the futuristic thing...It would definitely make for a fun story!