In April 2016, Samsung was finally granted a patent for smart contact lenses. The company, which is based in South Korea had previously applied for a patent for smart contacts that featured a built-in camera, sensors, and a display that projects images directly into a user’s eyes. Talk about advanced technology!
The smart lenses can be controlled using eye movement and blinking – meaning among other things, an image can be taken with just the blink of an eye. Literally.
One would think this could mean awkward situations and a lot of personal information being stored, however, the tech giant has an answer for that, too – an embedded antenna would then transmit the image to a handheld device, such as a smartphone or tablet. #Convenient!
The idea for the smart contact lens was born from the limitations drawn from Google Glass-like wearables. Samsung wants to create a better-augmented reality experience that can not only be projected right into a user’s eye but also is almost invisible at the same time.
Google, another tech giant already owns two patents for smart contacts as well. Their concept of the wearable tech is more based on user-health by using flexible electronics and sensors that can read the chemicals in tear fluid to determine if a wearer’s blood sugar levels have fallen to dangerous levels.
While both companies have been granted patents, it is important to remember that this is not a guarantee their products will become accessible to the public. The big picture is the realization that the technology exists for these products to be able to even get to the concept stages.
U|R Powered is very excited to see the progression of not just the technology, but the actual product as well. For now, though, we’re appreciative that technology has advanced well enough to give us the chance to text on our phones with our U|R Powered touchscreen gloves on or listen to music without the hassle of headphone cords!