So 2084 starts with the idea that most people wear these contacts that can record things, do VR, etc.
Honestly, we're already stepping in that direction.
And that's just the beginning.
What do you guys think, would you wear contact lenses like this? Even Newsight aside?
Agreed, augmented reality contacts or something like them will be a thing in ten or twenty years. Personally, I'm wondering if ultimately it won't be something injected into the eyeball, then a transparent screen builds itself on the inside. But that might take a little longer.
Even if it's just 'everyone wears glasses,' it's hard to see augreal not being a huge thing in not that long. It's way too useful and a great way to save money on signage.
The contacts... as a lifelong glasses wearer I've given them a try for a year or two on a few occasions. They're a pain in the ass, and they make the eye prone to irritation and infection if worn too long or not cleaned well enough. There's a huge background medical advance implied in the story to have lenses that can stay in your eye 24/7, and frankly I'm not seeing it happening. Too many people are too diverse in how their bodies react to things, and the ways to suppress irritation we have pretty much all suppress some aspect of immune response which poses its own dangers.
But it's a great premise to explore in a story, and I'd have gone with it as a writer. Just saying "this works" is one way to address the problems. I'm not the biggest fan of it, but I get it. I'll write that way if I think the story payoff is worth it and I can't think of a way to address the problems, too.