Have you ever imagined the possibility of taking a picture by just blinking your eyes? Sounds more like what can only be feasible in a blockbuster Hollywood action movie, maybe, starring Tom cruise.
But, forget movies and its fantasies, forget Tom cruise and his Mission Impossible type of movie. The Technology that will bring this feature into reality is just some miles away from your Local Tech market.
Recently, Sony filed a patent for its new Sony’s Smart Contact Lenses. I am not interested about the Patent, and I don’t think you should be interested in it too. Where my interest lies is the Technology behind the functionality of this new Innovation.
The sony new contact lens will allow the wearer take photos with a deliberate blink of the eye and the pictures will be stored on a wireless device like a smartphone or tablet.
Just any other camera, the contact lens camera would also have features like zoom and image stabilization.
It also has the ability to differentiate between regular blinking and deliberate blinking for capturing images. This could be possible because of the Sensors embedded in the lens which is able to detect the difference between voluntary and involuntary blinks. The image capture and storage technology would all be embedded in the lens around the iris, and piezoelectric sensors would convert the movements of the eye into energy to power the lens.
Sony is not the First company to come up with the technology of an eyewear via contact lenses, Google, whose Google Glass was the first step toward eyewear that can shoot photos and video, applied for a patent for a contact lens camera in 2014. But Sony is one of the numerous companies in a race to make the smart contact lenses a reality and should be a heavy force to reckon with.
The Sony’s contact lens is better than the Google glass as its application lists more features like zoom, focus, change of aperture and stability to prevent blurry photos.The images also can be stored in the lens itself before being transmitted wirelessly to another device.
Other smart contact lenses are focused on improving vision or providing an augmented reality (AR) HUD, but Sony wants to look outwards rather than in. A new patent, awarded to the company in April, describes a contact lens that can be controlled by the user’s deliberate blinks, recording video on request.
While sony was finally awarded the Patent for the Sony’s Smart Contact Lenses. The patent only provides a glimpse of the future as the technology to fit all of those functions into a tiny contact lens does not presently exist, so it’s currently more of a prototype than reality. But hopefully, this piece of Technology will find its way to your local market very soon.