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April 16, 2014

Microcamera shows Google Glass will turn into Google contact lens

Camera patents hint at the future of wearable technology.

By Ben Sullivan

Patents have surfaced which show Google is set to make a micro camera component for its future smart glass contact lenses.

One of the patent applications is in reference to "methods for capturing image data".

It looks as if the tiny camera will be embedded in a contact lens without obstructing the wearer’s vision.

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Image courtesy Patent Bolt

 

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According to Patent Bolt, the camera will be able to detect the blink of a user, allowing them to take photos without the need for any hand movements. One use for the camera is that it could be used in helping people who are blind or poor sighted. The depth sensor could recognise objects or faces for the wearer, and then let them know what actions they should take.

The patent also reveals the camera could have a zoom feature as well, and Google is reportedly working on making the lens capable of sending the image data to smartphones.

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Image courtesy Patent Bolt

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