Every time I get to Facetime with a friend who lives half a world away, I’m amazed and thankful for technology. And it just keeps getting better and better. Last week, the South Korean multinational company, Samsung, was granted their patent for “smart” contact lenses. If these move into the development stage, the lenses will have a built-in camera and sensors that can be controlled by blinking.
Currently, only Samsung and Google hold a patent for content lenses of this kind. But, Google’s main area of interest is to develop sensors within the lens that can determine blood sugar levels through tears. So, that means no competition for Samsung.
Samsung’s concept instead sees embedded antennas that would, “communicate recorded data to your smart phone, taking wearable devices to a whole new level,” according to the article at Collective Evolution.
Here are the patent diagrams that were made public via SamMobile:
If this tech is developed and brought to market, can you imagine taking video of your first time surfing- with your contact lenses? Can you imagine both the freedom and new level of bondage that some people might feel with technology like this? Not to mention the potential health implications.
At this point, it’s important to remember that this is still just a patent. So, we can all take a deep breath and either celebrate or start researching about the potential dangers of this new technology. As always, I’ll keep a watchful eye out and update you just as soon as there is any new information.