Sony has just filed a patent application for a contact lens that can record, store and playback videos. Forget an ugly pair of Google Glasses, you won’t even be able to see the tech now. Whilst this sounds like ground breaking stuff, they aren’t the first tech giant to be playing around with technology hidden inside contact lenses.
In January Google unveiled their Lens Project which was created in order to help diabetics monitor their Glucose levels. Every diabetic still has to measure their Glucose level by drawing blood, which feels pretty prehistoric in this day and age. So, Google being the geniuses they are have brought this into the 21st century by using miniaturised electronics including chips, sensors and antennas small enough to fit into a contact lenses in order to measure the glucose level in tears.
Then Samsung took it a step further. Three weeks ago, they applied for a patent for a contact lens that could house a tiny camera. The wearer of the contact lens could control it by blinking their eyes. I know, it absolutely blew my mind too.
So yesterday, when we found out that Sony had applied for a patent for a contact lens with a camera in, we were obviously impressed but a little confused as to what differentiated it from Samsung’s smart lens. That was until we read this:
“The contact lens according to claim 1, further comprising: a recording control unit configured to perform control in a manner that a captured image captured by the image pickup unit is recorded in a storage medium.”
So the difference being that Samsung’s lens camera takes pictures and then transmits them to your smartphone where as Sony’s lens not only takes pictures and videos and can also save them to a storage device that is actually located inside the lens itself. I’ll let you take a second to absorb that before I blow your mind again. Now, not only can they be saved but they can also be played-back as the lens houses an organic electroluminescence display screen. *cue explosion sound effect*
The device has the capability to automatically delete any frames that go dark due to the closing of the eye lid, as the camera calibrates itself to the wearers blink. This is made possible by the use of piezo electric sensors. The lens can also correct any tilted frames by the use of a gyro sensor. All of which is powered by electro magnetic induction.
The camera has the capability to perform autofocus, exposure adjustment, aperture stop adjustment and zooming. Impressive right?
According to the priority date of the patent, this has been in the making since 2013 and would explain why the technology is so advanced and functionality is so high.
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