Google patents contact lenses with embedded camera

Himanshu Arora

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Google has filed a patent application with the USPTO for embedding micro cameras into contact lenses, according to TechCrunch. Although the technology can have multiple uses, the one that definitely stands out is the ability to enable users to take photographs with the blink of an eye.

Cameras, which would be fixed in such a manner that the thickness of the lens remains the same, would automatically follow the wearer’s line of sight without any obstruction in view.

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The technology could purportedly analyze and detect objects, faces, and colors, and could also benefit medical science. For example, it could help blind people track when it’s safe to cross the street, and send that information to their smartphone, which in turn would read it for them.

The search giant recently announced that it is testing a smart contact lens that contains a glucose sensor, antenna, capacitor and a chip designed to help those with diabetes.

As of now this is just a patent application and may never get materialized, but a product based on this technology will certainly attract some scrutiny and debate over privacy concerns.

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VitalyT

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This is the exact technology as was shown in Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol. The guy takes pictures as he blinks, till he is spotted, as those lences were not fully invisible, neither seem these ones.

Any bets on the patent infringement? :)
 
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Skidmarksdeluxe

TS Evangelist
Yeah now this is the time to be an undercover, the bad guy's will never suspect you. I wonder who's gonna be the guinea pig and try infiltrate the drugs cartels with this gadget. Now Google must start working on a wire that can't be detected.
 

Vrmithrax

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This is the exact technology as was shown in Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol. The guy takes pictures as he blinks, till he is spotted, as those lences were not fully invisible, neither seem these ones.

Any bets on the patent infringement? :)
Only if every tablet-related patent owned by Apple and others is invalidated because tablets were shown in the movie 2001. Heh.
 

Emexrulsier

TS Evangelist
It all looks good until you see the long wires that have to hang down from your tear ducks to plug these into a wall socket to charge :D