Samsung Patents Smart Contact Lenses

Samsung is taking the definition of capturing an image with the mind’s eye quite literally. According to SamMobile, the technology company was recently granted a patent in South Korea for contact lenses that are “equipped with a tiny display, a camera, an antenna, and several senders that detect movement in the most basic form of input using your eyes: blinking.” “According to the application, the primary reason for the development of smart contact lenses is the limited image quality that can be achieved with smart glasses,” SamMobile’s Michael G writes. “Lenses can provide a more natural way to provide augmented reality than smart glasses, though we can imagine the privacy debate will reach entirely new heights when cameras are essentially hidden in contact lenses.” Google has also been working on smart contact lenses. Samsung’s patent was originally filed in 2014. It’s an interesting application to be sure, though the relative failure of Google Glass should leave some wondering if this idea has any legs in the consumer market. More likely, this seems like something that is far better suited for commercial or even military applications. That could be what Samsung is going for. After all, imagine the possibility of licensing this technology to the Department of Defense, who could equip every solider and operative with the ability to capture images and intel out in the field in real time simply by blinking. That in and of itself would make the patent worth its weight in gold. Time will tell exactly how this technology will be utilized, but it could end up being a big win for Samsung.