Google patents contact lens system with built in camera

“Google has patented a smart contact lens that could see its Glass wearable computer fit inside a smart lens,” Mark Prigg reports for The Daily Mail.

“The firm has already developed a contact lens for diabetics analyses their tears, warning them if their glucose levels are low,” Prigg reports. “Now it has revealed plans for a lens with a camera built in – opening the possibility of its Glass system being shrunk down significantly.”

“The lens also has wireless capabilities allowing it to link to a smartphone, which can be used to process data and give the user audio commands,” Prigg reports. “Google also says the system will be able to detect faces…”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Sounds like a Glasshole’s wet dream.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]


  1. The problem is that people get all upset about the NSA. These same people don’t realize that Google is the commercial version of the NSA on steroids.
    Also as a side note I’m sure having contact lenses that emit bluetooth, energy,etc don’t increase the risk of ophthalmologic
    cancers, right???

      1. Thanks for your insight.

        It’s not a patent yet. It’s only an application. It’s also very pie in the sky, maybe this or maybe that specification wise- according to Patent Bolt – who was quoting another article back in mid March. Each article copied and embellished a bit too much and by the time you read it on MDN , it became magical. Still, I call BS.
        they haven’t even discussed the dynamics involved with an ophthalmology engineer. You cannot put something like this in your eye without seriously affecting your: vision , equilibrium , eye pressure, etc. You don’t just put something into your eye. You need a prescription. Contacts are all disposable now. You would have to throw out the $1200 lens each month or likely every 2 weeks.
        I suspect Google is just throwing more spaghetti at the wall in order to see what sticks or blocks other true innovation.

        L. Ron Hubbard was never a great author of literature. He did however, write a hell of a lot of sentences using a typewriter. Somehow, that worked for him. Maybe it will work for google.

  2. Google this Google that is getting old folks. They are a huge force to reckon with and frankly anyone who thinks that Apple is without its own efforts to deploy data mining activities on its users are either nuts or drowning in the Kool-Aid.

        1. Apple loyalists, as you call them, actually do ridicule competitors — delight in skewering them, in fact. That has to be obvious, looking over a month’s worth of postings at MDN or any other Apple-centric website.

          The reason for this casual contempt is the apparent superiority of Apple’s commercial philosophy, as evidenced by the blatant emulation of its products by all others.

          As I say, Apple loyalists do this. Apple itself, on the other hand, indeed takes competition very seriously. But you did not say that.

  3. If this is true, this is one of the great technical breakthroughs of our age. It’s hard to imagine how this can work without loads of additional hardware, but I’m waiting to be dazzled.

    For all those Google haters out there, imagine your reaction if one of Apple’s researchers had come up with this.

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