Japanese tech giant Sony is developing a smart contact lens.
Sony is developing a smart contact lens. But there’s a twist. Where other smart contact lenses are focused on improving vision or providing an augmented reality HUD, Sony’s lens will allow users to capture photos and videos with the blink of their eyes and play it later as they wish.
The information was revealed when a new patent was awarded to the company back in April. Given Google is seemingly pursuing a contact lens camera after their failure with Google glass, many companies are trying to make something similar.
The patent explains that the contact lens will be able to record video and capture images activated by a blink of the eye. Sensors embedded in the lens will be able to detect the difference between a normal blink and take-a-photo blinks. You will have to blink slightly longer to take photos. They are calling it ‘conscious blink’. The lens will even be able to zoom and autofocus.
The unit will have an image capture device, main control unit, storage module, antenna and piezoelectric sensor crammed into it. The piezoelectric sensor is the most important part here. It will help to determine the blink is just a normal one or a ‘conscious’ one. This sensor will also convert the user’s retinal movement into energy to power the lens.
However, all this is still at the patent stage. All the parts are not small enough to cram into one lens yet. But if anyone can make it happen, it’s the tech pioneering Japanese.