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Google’s Contact Lens Camera Could Be Controlled By Blinks

Google’s Contact Lens Camera Could Be Controlled By Blinks
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The company has filed a US patent for embedding mini cameras into special eyewear.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 16 april 2014

Google has filed a US patent application to embed micro cameras into special contact lenses.

According to Patent Bolt, the patent describes how wearers will be able to control the camera through a system which uses their blinking patterns. This means they would be able to capture photos of their line of vision.

The camera system and sensors can also be programmed to detect light and color, and even specific objects, faces and motion without impeding the wearer’s view.

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The embedded miniature cameras can potentially help the blind or visually-impaired navigate through their daily lives. The system can help process image data to determine what the wearer is looking at or approaching. It can then be programmed to send a command to a remote device like a smartphone, which can provide an audio warning to the wearer. Something like this would be useful when, say, the blind user is approaching a busy road.

The embedded miniature camera system can also be potentially useful in other sectors such as security or law enforcement. The system can be programmed to help law enforcement personnel identify suspects or persons of interest on the field.

The patent is presumably related to the company’s smart contact lens project. Earlier this year, Google revealed that it is developing contact lenses that can detect glucose levels.

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[ht/] The Telegraph, Patent Bolt

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