Many people know about Google’s patented smart glasses. Some are even wearing them. There are even people trying out Google’s smart contact lenses.
Now the company wants to fuse smart technology and human anatomy. In May 2016, the US Patent and Trademark Office approved Google’s patent application for electronic lenses. As journalist David Goldman describes: “Google says it could remove the lens of your eye, inject fluid into your empty lens capsule and then place an electronic lens in the fluid.
“Once equipped with your cyborg lenses, you would never need glasses or contacts again. In fact, you might not even need a telescope or a microscope again. And who needs a camera when your eyes can capture photos and videos?”
The computerised lens would be able to adjust to any condition, enabling humans to see anything and everything. The lens is powered by eyeball movement and those equipped with the device could also “connect” to any nearby wireless network.
Besides putting technology directly into your head, next to your brain and rendering you somewhat of a cyborg, the devices could solve several common vision problems like myopia and astigmatism.
Naysayers from the medical fraternity to science fiction enthusiasts have pointed that having “smart eyes” could make one a target for law enforcement as well as hackers seeking to track you and your every blink. Google says it’s thought of that already, including in the design special strips that would secure personal information.
Category: Winter 2016