Google has parented a new kind of smart contact lens that would be… and bear with us here… injected into the eyeball.
The patent, dated April 28, explains how the device would replace the eye’s natural lens, which, rather horrifyingly, would be removed beforehand.
The fluid, which would solidify and pair up with the eye’s lens capsule would correct vision problems.
However, there’s much more to it. There’s storage, sensors, radio a battery and an electronic lens. The device would contain an “energy harvesting antenna” that would give it continuous power.
There’ll also be an external device that contains a processor, which would communicate with the computer living in your eyeball. Communication will be enabled through the radio. The end goal would allow the electronic lens to, as Forbes puts it “assist in the process of focusing light onto the eye’s retina.”
This isn’t Google’s first retina-focused venture. The company has long been working on a contact lens that measures glucose in order to tackle diabetes.
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That project is now under the control of the Verily Life Sciences division under the Alphabet umbrella. This new smart lens lists the same inventor on the patent.
Would you allow Google to inject storage, sensors and a radio into your eyeball? No we wouldn’t either.