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Google patents contact lenses with embedded camera

By Himanshu Arora ยท 13 replies
Apr 15, 2014
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  1. 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.

    google camera patent uspto contact lens

    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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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,478   +3,037

    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? :)
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2014
    lmike6453 and worker17 like this.
  3. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,397   +303

    Fact copying fiction... nice move from the movie writer.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    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.
  5. Jim$ter

    Jim$ter TS Booster Posts: 162   +32

    And you thought they hated Google Glass.....
  6. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,467   +500

    Only if every tablet-related patent owned by Apple and others is invalidated because tablets were shown in the movie 2001. Heh.
  7. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,840   +1,268

  8. The Borg had this years ago.

    "Resistance is futile."
  9. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Continuum!!!...... just saying....
  10. mccartercar

    mccartercar TS Booster Posts: 140   +26

    Where's the part where it mentions the NSA? Oh, right.
  11. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    Wow this is really scary. Here comes the NSA...
  12. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 602   +81

    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
  13. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,840   +1,268

    Not to mention the low-tech solution for lens flare
    VitalyT and Mr WW like this.
  14. worker17

    worker17 TS Rookie

    The BBC series Torchwood also used this concept many, many times.

    Prior art?

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