(web Desk) – Ever walked down a street and seen something that captures your attention to such an extent that you immediately want to record or photograph it? But in the time that you dive into your bag or pocket for your phone, take it out, turn on the camera app, it is gone. Almost everyone has experienced this. But the time is coming when this won t happen. Imagine seeing something interesting, and all you have to do is blink your eye and you are able to record or photograph whatever has piqued your interest.
Tech giant Sony is reportedly developing a digital contact lens technology that can help you record videos and take photographs using the lens that you are wearing. According to tech website CNET, Sony was awarded a patent in April of 2016 for a contact lens that can be controlled by the user s voluntary blinking; recording video and capturing images on request. Although the patent was filed in May 2013 and rewarded last year, it has only recently come into light.
According to the patent, the sensors present inside the contact lens will be able to detect voluntary and deliberate blinking by the user. The image capturing and recording technology along with the storage medium will be embedded in the lens around the iris. The user will also be able to transmit the stored data on to an external device. Moreover, piezoelectric sensors would convert the movements of the eye into energy to power the lens.
Here is a video shared on Youtube giving details about how the contact lens functions. You can also read the full patent on the website of United States Patent and Trademark Office.
This exciting new technology will definitely become a craze when it comes out. For one, it will satiate the needs of people who have a desperate need for capturing every moment that they experience. Now you won t have to take out your phone at the dinner table to take a picture of your food and will be able to save yourself from all the frowning and glaring from those around you.
In all seriousness, the technology will be really useful for those seeking to capture moments that deserve to be recorded but one would have trouble capturing them. For example, these contact lens will come in handy for someone trekking up a mountain and has both of his hands occupied, someone driving around the countryside and wants to record the scenery around him without taking their hands away from the steering wheel, and many more such instances from everyday life.
Furthermore, this technology will be really useful for undercover law enforcement personnel and intelligence operatives who can safely and without revealing their identity, record suspects engaging in activities that can incriminate them. This device is basically like an invisible GoPro device, so one can imagine the possibilities.
Should we be worried?
One thing is certain. Say goodbye to privacy. For good. With these contact lenses, anyone could record or photograph you without you knowing at all. Remember the creep at the street corner who you caught making a video of you with his smartphone, now that person has the advantage because you cannot see the device with which you are being recorded. Now you ll have to walk around paranoid while observing how everyone around you is blinking their eyes.
Another worrying aspect of this new technology is that it is another tool that “Big Brother” can use against you. According to documents released by Wikileaks in March, the CIA has the ability to hack a variety of everyday electronic devices from smartphones to smart TVs, and use their microphones and cameras to spy on you. Similarly, this digital contact lens could be hacked and everything you are seeing could be recorded. This means that you have effectively given your intelligence agencies a tool to spy on whatever you are doing even in the privacy of your homes.
If intelligence agencies can hack into everyday devices, there is a very high possibility that the same could be done by skilled hackers that operate alone. An even more terrifying possibility is your lens being hacked while you are looking at personal documents such as financial statements or your pin codes and passwords for your bank and online accounts. One will have to be extremely careful while wearing the lens.
Whether this technology will be useful to consumers or detrimental to their privacy, only time will tell. What is certain is the fact that the future is here.