The tech giant has reportedly patented a smart lens that comes with its very own built-in micro-camera – essentially a shrunk down version of its wearable Glass computer. Rather than be controlled by voice, wearers would command the device through a “sophisticated system” of “unique blinking patterns,” reports PatentBolt.
It could potentially also be used to help the blind see, the website notes. “For example, a blind person wearing Google’s contact lens with a built-in camera may be walking on a sidewalk and approaching an intersection,” it says. “The analysis component of the contact lens can process the raw image data of the camera to determine processed image data indicating the blind person is approaching intersection with a crosswalk and establish that there is a car approaching the intersection,” it adds. The lens would have wireless capabilities to be hooked up to smartphones and could detect faces, PatentBolt reports.