Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Sony patents wearable contact lens that records video of what you see with just a blink


A recent patent filed by Sony aims to allow people to shoot photos with the blink of an eye.

The company's patent application is for a "contact lens camera" that would allow the wearer to snap photos with a deliberate blink of the eye and store them on a wireless device like a smartphone or tablet.

The contact lens camera would also have enhanced features like zoom and image stabilisation, with the ability to differentiate between regular blinking and deliberate blinking for capturing images.

Sony is one of several companies in a race to make the smart contact lenses a reality. Google, whose Google Glass was a first step toward eye wear that can shoot photos and video, applied for a patent for a contact lens camera in 2014. 
Unlike other forms of contacts and glasses that created an augmented reality or hook you up to the internet, Sony’s new patent is on a simple set of contacts that can record video.


The recording is turned on and off with the user’s blink and sensors can detect if it was an intentional or unintentional one.  The image capture technology and data storage would be held within the lens.
Simple, piezoelectric sensors would allow the movements of the eye to charge the battery of the device.

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