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Martin Thuss
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Sony patents contact lens that records what you see


Other smart contact lenses are focused on improving vision or providing an augmented reality HUD, but Sony wants to look outwards rather than in. A new patent, awarded to the company in April, describes a contact lens that can be controlled by the user's deliberate blinks, recording video on request.

Sensors embedded in the lens are able to detect the difference between voluntary and involuntary blinks. The image capture and storage technology would all be embedded in the lens around the iris, and piezoelectric sensors would convert the movements of the eye into energy to power the lens.

Of course, at this point, this technology isn't small enough to be comfortably embedded in a contact lens, so it's only theoretical. However, with Google seemingly pursuing a contact lens camera after Glass failed so spectacularly, it's not surprising that other tech giants are getting on board.

You can view the full patent on the USPTO website.

Well I'm sure this won't be a problem ...

Of course, potential violators should be easy to pick out of the crowd. They're the ones wearing the "A Clockwork Orange"-style eye braces so their recordings aren't interrupted when they blink.

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Jack Ondracek
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It'll be interesting to see how the lens, which focuses its image to the back of the eye, could also be of any use in an artificial application like this.

I think "Q" may have sent this one out a bit too soon!

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Monte L Fullmer
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I see it as a blatant form of invasion of privacy and a huge security breach.

Sony knows better than that.

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Joe Redifer
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Can you imagine how unwatchable the video would be? No only do you have blinking, but you have constant eyeball movements, all very quick and erratic which does not make for a pleasant viewing experience. Still better than a Paul Greengrass movie, though.

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Louis Bornwasser
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Don't worry, like Beta, sdds, and tv cameras/recorders, they will discontinue it after a few years.

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Frank Angel
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Talk about a device just MADE for copyright infringement -- a pirate's delight! Now watch for Universal and Disney to file a joint lawsuit against Sony to try to stop them from manufacturing such a dastardly device....just like they in the 70s when they tried to get Sony to cease and desist manufacturing the Batamax! And Sony will laugh at even harder than they did with that first silly suit.

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