A recently approved patent reveals that Google is developing an artificial lens that would be implanted in the user’s eyes
Apparently, Google has some very interesting plans up its sleeve for our eyes. A few days ago, it turns out, the American Commissioner of Patents approved a patent presented by the company, which describes a special lens that would be implanted directly into the users’ eyes, allowing anyone to feel like Adam Jensen, the hero of Deus Ex, with the bionic eye.
The lens in the eye will “harvest” energy for its operation
In patent No. 20160113760, Google describes a lens designed to replace that of the natural eye. The artificial lens is implanted in the users’ eyes using a special solution that coagulates and glues the lens to the lens capsule. Once the lens commences its activity, it assists the process of light focusing on the retina, the part of the eye in charge of converting the light into neural signals.
The lens includes several additional nano-components, among which are a tiny processor, sensors, a communication device, and a battery. According to Forbes, the battery will be charged by harvesting energy, based on energy sources such as movements, solar energy and thermic energy. According to the application, the lens will communicate with an exterior device, with independent processing and calculation capabilities, such as a smartphone.
Image: A sketch from the patent documents presented by Google. Source: United States Patent and Trademark office
This is not Google’s first attempt to get into the smart lenses field; in January 2014 Google announced a smart lens that it had developed in order to aid people with diabetes measure their blood glucose levels using their tears. Google has even collaborated with the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis. Today this activity is a part of Verily, Alphabet’s subsidiary, which develops various medical technologies. Andrew Conrad, CEO of Verily, is signed on Google’s latest patent application.
Google is not alone in its efforts to develop a smart lens. In the recent years, Samsung has been developing a lens that includes a camera and a processor, and can project an image straight into the eye of the user, although these lenses have no medical uses, and their aim is to constitute a new viewing method, which interfaces with smartphones or any other image source.
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