When Google Glass was launched in 2012/2013 it did not receive the Earth-shattering response that the company had expected. However, a new proposal by Samsung could be the augmented reality and wearable technology that everybody has been holding out for. It is believed the Korean tech giants have been designing and planning the creation of the world’s first smart contact lenses. One of the defining characteristics of this new technology is its ability to take photographs with the blink of an eye.
The scheme seems to have been confirmed, as Samsung have filed a patent in South Korea for a smart contact lens, fitted with a camera and image display. The patent application states that the plan was originally applied for in September 2014, but was only recently publicly published. The contact lenses will feature sensors that can control certain functions by simply blinking. The concept design requires an accompanying smartphone to do some of the leg-work, which would be connected to the lenses wirelessly.
However, do not get your hopes up just yet, as a patent is not a definitive go-ahead for any product to be released onto the market. Patents are often used to simply prevent rival companies from developing similar ideas. It should also be noted that the patent application does not show any indication as to whether plans have been granted or not. For example, Google have two similar patents that have done nothing but collect dust for the past two years.
Nevertheless, this new concept is still exciting for the advancements of technology. Who knows, maybe one day we will be laughing about how we had to carry our phone, rather than being able to access it through smart contact lenses.