Google Glass perhaps didnt receive the earth-shattering response the company and world had expected. However, a proposal that Samsung appears to have in the works could be the augmented reality wearable tech everybody is holding out for.
It looks like the Korean tech gianthas been thinking about creating the worlds first “smart” contact lenses, able to take photographs with the blink of an eye, technology blog Sammobile reports.
Samsung hasfiled a patent in South Koreafor a smart contact lensfitted with a camera and image display. In addition, it will feature sensors that can control certain functionssimply by blinking. The concept design requires an accompanying smartphone to do some of the leg-work, which would be wirelessly connected to the lenses.
The patent application says that the plan was originally applied for in September 2014, but has only recently been publically published. The patent, along with 29 pages of Korean text, features some early blueprint designs of the lens, which you can check out below.
Dont hold your hopes up too high, though. A patent is not a definitive go-ahead for any product and is often used to prevent a rival company running with the idea. Its also not shown on the patent application if it has even been granted. Google also hastwo similar patentsthat have been collecting dust fortwo years.
Nonetheless, its exciting times for technology. Who knows, maybe our chip-eyed grandkids will one day laugh at a time when our phone wasn’t stuck onto our eyeballs.
All image credits: Samsung/KoreaIntellectual Property Rights Information Service