At Google, the future of optics is now
Monday, April 28 2014 | 00 h 00 min | News
Google continues its development of an Internet-connected contact lens, and a recent patent shows that this initiative is increasingly ambitious.
Regular readers of ClipInfo.ca have known since February that Google is working on contact lenses that could monitor glucose rates in diabetics (http://infoclip.ca/News/4167/72/A-Google-contact-lens-that-monitors-glucose-levels/d%2Cnouvelles ). New information now suggests that the lenses are even more sophisticated.
They contain a camera that the wearer could operate with a simple blink of the eye. According to Google, it would be possible to add an extremely thin camera without having to add to the thickness of the lens. The camera would naturally follow the wearer’s line of sight without obstructing his or her view. The lens could then analyze and detect faces, objects or colours.
The device could also be extremely helpful for blind people. The camera, for example, could identify whether it is safe to cross the street and then relay that information to a connected smartphone that would read the message out loud.
In the end, these new lenses could do essentially the same thing as Google Glass, while being more subtle.