Google Patents Contact Lens Cameras

News

Google Patents Contact Lens Cameras
Could this be the future of wearable technology?

Despite the fact that Google Glass still isn't available to the general public (although a limited amount of the devices will go on sale tomorrow exclusively to users resident in the United States), Google is forging ahead with its future plans for wearable technology, this time through the patenting of tiny contact lens cameras.

The patent application has been filed with the USPTO and covers contact lens embedded cameras and circuitry that could potentially be used to record video or snap photos covertly.

With concerns mounting regarding potential invasion of privacy through the use of Google Glass, the idea of contact lens based recording is unlikely to sit well with some, but Google insists in its application that the technology could be hugely beneficial to the medical industry, with the cameras helping those with vision issues, or even providing vision augmentation.

It has long been suggested that contact lenses are the way to go for future wearable technology, but technical limitations have so far prevented them from being a realistic way of serving up augmented reality displays and HUDs, so the fact that Google is taking the step of patenting its ideas is definitely an encouraging sign.



Google Patents Contact Lens Cameras on ClickOnline.com
About this author

kyle@clickonline.com
Contributor
Recent Articles by this author
20 May, 2014
Twitter's first attempt at pushing into the online music market may not have...
20 May, 2014
3D printing is becoming an increasingly big deal as more and more consumers start...
20 May, 2014
With the smartwatch and wearable technology spaces set to see major growth in the...
16 May, 2014
Although many analysts had claimed that it could take years before 4K Ultra HD televisions...