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    Google patents contact lenses with cameras


    Google has filed a patent for a contact lens system with built-in cameras, which essentially is a miniature version of its wearable Glass computer.

    Instead of being controlled by voice—like the company’s Google Glass, which were released into the public market earlier this week for 1 day—wearers would command the device through a “sophisticated system” of “unique blinking patterns,” according to PatentBolt, which reported the patent.

    The device could potentially also be used to assist the blind, allowing them to see, the website noted.

    “For example, a blind person wearing Google’s contact lens with a built-in camera may be walking on a sidewalk and approaching an intersection,” PatentBolt reported. “The analysis component of the contact lens (then) can process the raw image data of the camera to determine processed image data indicating the blind person is approaching an intersection with a crosswalk and establish that there is a car approaching the intersection.”

    The lens would also have wireless capabilities to be hooked up to smartphones and could detect faces.

    The news of the patent comes 4 months after Google announced it was developing a smart lens, which could measure the glucose levels of patients with diabetes.

    Rose Schneider Krivich
    Rose is the content specialist for Medical Economics.

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