Samsung Patents "Smart Contact Lenses" with Built-In Camera Controlled By Blinking

Wearable technology is a trend that's here to stay, and Samsung has taken a step forward in this field with a plan for innovative eyewear. The company was recently granted a patent in South Korea for contact lenses with a display to project images directly into the wearer's pupils. According to the blog SamMobile, a built-in camera and sensors are controlled by one of our most basic movements–blinking. To process the data being seen, embedded antennas send the content to an external smartphone-like device.

Samsung's patent application explains that their desire to develop these smart contact lenses is because of the limitations that glasses (such as Google Glass) have. Contacts can provide a better augmented reality experience, because pictures are transmitted straight into the eyes.

Although the patent has been granted, this doesn't mean that Samsung will release these lenses as a consumer product. It's common for companies to file patents for inventions that are ultimately left unfinished. Still, it marks an interesting development for wearable tech and begs the question: Would you try these contacts?

Also worth noting: Samsung isn't the first company to file this sort of patent. Google is also working on a similar project and owns two copyrights for smart contact lenses.

via [Mashable]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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