On April 15th (the day of this post), Google is allowing anyone with $1500 to buy their mainstream wearable Google Glass. But behind the scenes, Google is working on their next big thing… contacts?
Google has submitted a patent for smart contact lenses that could build upon the wearables platform that they’ve created with Glass. Whereas Glass is able to augment on top of a user’s vision, the contacts are supposed to be able to be all that and more; possibly even giving blind people the ability to see.
Maybe not see so much as assist. Using the contacts paired with a smartphone or other portable device, the contacts would be able to help blind persons navigate using the incredibly small camera onboard.
Patentbolt has given an explanation as to what the possibilities of this device could be:
‘The analysis component of the contact lens can process the raw image data of the camera to determine processed image data indicating that the blind person is approaching intersection with a crosswalk and establish that there is a car approaching the intersection.”
Although this patent doesn’t necessarily mean that the product will be made, something like Google Contacts would mean the world to the disabled community.