Google applies for patent for camera in contact lens

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Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:00 am

Google Inc. has applied for a patent that details a way to fit a camera into a contact lens.

The patent has to do with the tech giant's smart contact lens project, which was first announced earlier this year. By fitting a camera into a contact lens, users could process all kinds of data that could then be relayed to a connected smartphone.

The patent, which was reported by Patent Bolt, outlines a way that Google could fit a camera into a contact lens without drastically increasing its thickness. A camera on a contact lens could be used to collect data from users' surroundings, including light, colors, objects, faces and motion, according to the report.

That data could be quickly processed and used to provide users with information on a display within the contact lens. For example, a moving vehicle or the face of a nearby user could be highlighted by the smart contact lens - think “Terminator” vision.

The camera could also expand users' eyesight. Patent Bolt said the camera could give users a wider view or also be used to zoom in, like a pair of binoculars. — The Los Angeles Times

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