Sony’s New Blink-Powered Contact Lens Records Everything You See

Technology, like all things, is a double-edged sword. The internet, for instance, can connect people all around the globe. At the same time, it can lead to the invasion of privacy. What matters is not the invention but how it is used. And Sony’s patent on a contact lens that records everything you see is questionable, to say the least.

Rather than focus on improving vision, Sony’s new contact lens records video upon request. Sensors embedded in the lens are capable of detect the difference between voluntary and involuntary blinks.

When developed, the image capture and storage technology would be embedded in the lens, near the iris. Piezoelectric sensors would convert the twitches of the eye into energy to power the lens. View the full patent on the USPTO website

At this point in time, the contact lens is only theoretical. However, Sony isn’t the only tech giant attempting to create it. Google is reportedly working on a contact lens camera. With the populace increasingly dependent on technology, such as smartphones and laptops, it seems sensible to assume that in the near future, this kind of technology willbe developed.

If so, people need to ask themselves how comfortable they are with the repercussions of constantly being monitored and recorded. Such is a scenario out of 1984 by George Orwell, and that resource was meant to be a warning — not an instruction manual.

Written by: Amanda Froelich


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