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Google is working to integrate a tiny camera into contact lenses that will record and capture what a user is looking at, an invention that would help the blind people to “see” the world.
The latest discovery comes after smart glasses that have created quite a ripple across the world. The glasses are fixed with the head-mounted tiny computer and camera.
The big potential of Google’s special contact lens is its ability to process the information and send it to a peripheral devices, which may give blind people a way to “see” the world around them. For example, by acting as the “eyes”, this contact lens may give turn-by-turn voice guidance to people who can’t see by relaying information to a smartphone or an earpiece.
The company credits Nathan Pletcher, Babak Amir Parviz and Olivia Hatalsky as inventors of the contact lens with the camera. The same team is also behind the Google contact lens that will reportedly have a sensor to monitor glucose level in the body.
The search giant says that its contact lens will not obstruct the viewing field of the user. It also says that the camera in the contact lens will be able to follow the gaze of a viewer.
As the wearer’s gaze shifts, the contact lens will follow the shift in gaze, thereby allowing for generating the image data corresponding to an image of the scene in the shifted gaze. Additionally, the image data can be processed to detect light, colours, pattern of colours, objects, faces, motion, or any other suitable in formation that can be derived from processing one or more images.