Google developing contact lens with micro cameras

Google is working on contact lenses with cameras to help the blind and take pictures when you blink.

Published Date
16 - Apr - 2014
| Last Updated
16 - Apr - 2014
 
Google developing contact lens with micro cameras

After Glass, Google is working on developing a contact lens with camera and sensors in it. The camera would enable users to take hands-free pictures and help the blind navigate.

According to reports, the internet giant has a patent pending for a camera lens with micro camera containing embedded sensors that can be controlled by blinking. The patent combines ideas from Google Glass smart glasses and Google's tear-scanning smart contact lenses.

The camera lens has sensors that can detect light, color, faces as well as specific objects. The device could help vision-impaired people navigate by spotting that they are heading for a busy road and telling that person's smartphone to chirrup a warning as well as inform them when it's safe to cross. The wearable will be controlled by blinking and the lens will communicate to a smartphone or other devices wirelessly.

Google is also working on a contact lens to help diabetics monitor their glucose levels by taking readings from moisture in users' eyes. Project's co-founders, Brian Otis and Babak Parviz said in a blog post: "We're now testing a smart contact lens that's built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material".

At the CES 2014 Innovega has unveiled iOptik augmented reality lenses that interact with a pair of smart glasses to beam a head-up display right into your vision. A company spokesperson stated that the integrated contacts with iOptik glasses fitted with tiny projects, looks quiet similar to regular glasses and users also have an option to get prescription contacts.

Source: Patent Bolt