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Google Patents Tiny Cameras Embedded In Contact Lenses

14 APR 2014

Contact_lensIf you thought Google Glass was something special, Google is already one step ahead. The internet giant has registered a new patent application that takes the concept of Glass even further, embedding tiny cameras into contact lenses for various uses, including photographing what a wearer sees, or providing the basic input for a contact-based assistance device for the visually impaired. This article by TechCrunch has the details:

“Google has previously detailed a plan to build smart contacts that measure blood glucose levels in diabetics to provide non-invasive, constant feedback to both a wearer and potentially their doctor, too. This new system describes uses that could also benefit the medical community, like using input from the camera to spot obstacles and alert a wearer who has vision problems as to their whereabouts. They could also offer up vision augmentation for people with all types of ocular health, and even act as a next-gen platform for a Glass-like computing experience.

Obviously, big tech companies patent stuff all the time, and only a fraction of that ever makes it to shipping products. Plus, wearing contacts is something that anyone who doesn’t have to likely won’t warm up to easily. Still, as an assistance device, and an alternative to other, more obvious gadgets and intrusive tech like hearing aids or cochlear implants, this could be a tech that has legs in the near future.”

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