Contact lens cameras are not a new idea. Google and Samsung have already filed patents on such devices and are likely actively working on them. Now Sony has stepped into the game with its own contact lens camera patent. While Google and Samsung have their own ideas on what a contact lens camera should be, Sony camera idea looks far more advanced. The Sony patent covers the camera, storage, transmitter as well as zoom control, aperture control, autofocus, and image stabilization.
[Object] To provide a contact lens and storage medium capable of controlling an image pickup unit provided in the contact lens.
[Solution] Provided is a contact lens including: a lens unit configured to be worn on an eyeball; an image pickup unit configured to capture an image of a subject, the image pickup unit being provided in the lens unit; and an image pickup control unit configured to control the image pickup unit.
Sony’s patent says shutter control would be done like Google and Samsung’s offerings, through blinking. Supposedly the lens can differentiate from a person’s regular blinking so as not to activate when not needed. This new tech is certainly interesting and there are many applications one could use it for.
While there are applications these could prove useful for, like any new technology there does come questions of abuse. We’re probably still a ways away from actually seeing these come to market, but one can imagine some of the other not so good applications the tech could be use for.
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