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Sony to make blink-controlled contact lens camera

While the concept may be similar to the camera-bedded contact lenses developed earlier by Samsung and Google, the blink-controlled syst would be revolutionary.Smart sensors incorporated in the lenses will determine deliberate eye blinks by measuring how long the user blinks for. The normal blinking period is between 0.2 to 0.4 seconds, so blinks exceeding 0.5 seconds would be considered conscious or intentional blinks.{{quote-A:R-W:450-Q: The camera works through blink activation then stores images and videos through a wireless connection to a smartphone or any wireless-capable storage device. }}The camera works through blink activation then stores images and videos through a wireless connection to a smartphone or any wireless-capable storage device. The lens could store a limited number of images by itself before transfer to a wireless storage device.The lenses will contain several piezoelectric sensors that measure variances in tperature, pressure, force and acceleration. It will be powered through electromagnetic induction.The patent application was submitted in April last year, according to a report from CNBC. The documents revealed that the features of the contact lens camera include enhanced features like digital zoom, image stabilisation, change of aperture and focus capabilities.Industry experts expressed mixed reactions on the prototype and concept regarding privacy issues. While many agree that the device will be a breakthrough in imaging technology, it raises privacy invasion concerns since it can be used to record videos without other people being aware of the camera in someone’s eye.Although the device is still conceptual, since there is no technology that can support the features, experts believe that with current advancents in electronic and nano-technology it could soon become a reality.

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