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Google applies for contact lens camera patent

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Image: USPTO

If you are the kind of person who gets uncomfortable at the thought of somebody recording you on Google Glass, the search company's latest patent application will probably make you feel even more uneasy. 

In January Google announced its smart contact lens project and now has filed a patent application for a micro camera module to go inside the smart lenses. The application describes how the lenses could use two or more cameras to help people with vision deficiencies cross a street safely by analyzing image data of oncoming obstacles. The data could also be used to send an audio alert to a smartphone to indicate when it's safe to cross. 

While the potential medical applications of the patent are certainly very welcome, there is no doubt the ability to take pictures of an object or person simply by looking at them will raise privacy concerns if the concept ever turned into a consumer product. However, for now there is no way of knowing if or when this will happen. For more information you can look at the original patent application on the USPTO website.  

Image: USPTO
Image: USPTO

Source: USPTO | Via: Techcrunch


  

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Total comments: 29
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (3 months ago)

DPReview folks, want to post on Google's new stock Google Camera client? I've very thoroughly tested it on my N7 2013 and found the new pano and blur mode to be GREAT. Pano was practically useless in the previous version; in the new one, it's orders of magnitude better.

Too bad most manual settings are removed, incl. scene selection (only exp. comp. is left) but Google may add them back as is also pointed out by http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/04/16/apk-teardown-advanced-camera-mode-photo-sphere-live-wallpaper-and-more-hiding-in-google-camera/

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Bill T.
By Bill T. (3 months ago)

The patent's no good. Judging from the first drawing, Tex Avery established prior art on this concept decades ago!

search "tex avery eyes"

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madecov
By madecov (3 months ago)

Military applications are where the money is at. Soldiers in the field streaming live images without the need for heavy camera's mounted to a helmet.

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Maltytasker
By Maltytasker (3 months ago)

Google probably just wants to bank this so only they, and no one else (Apple) can use it in the future.

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LukeLT63
By LukeLT63 (3 months ago)

Welcome Terminator!

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lylejk
By lylejk (3 months ago)

I can imagine the lawsuits when the power source destroys the eyes of those wearing these devices when those sources vaporize. :)

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MariusM
By MariusM (3 months ago)

Resistance is futile. You WILL be assimilated.

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janvanbogaert
By janvanbogaert (3 months ago)

"... now has filed a patent application " is not correct.
The patent application was filed on October 8, 2012 and published now (April 10, 2014).

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Carlos Pisabarro
By Carlos Pisabarro (3 months ago)

if we mix all of this comments I hope I would make a porn movie with this kind of lens. It will be a nice idea, don't you think?...

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JohnEwing
By JohnEwing (3 months ago)

Yoshihisa Maitani once was asked what his ideal camera would be. His reply was along the lines of "simple: you simply look at something, and the picture is captured".

If it were to be limited to that function, this invention would be marvellous, but the nasty information-hungry goblins infesting the Internet have made every such new development seem more of a curse.

It's time that stringent electronic privacy laws were enacted, and enforced with a very big stick.

...Always supposing, of course, that they don't interfere with street photography.

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LukeLT63
By LukeLT63 (3 months ago)

" While the potential medical applications of the patent are certainly very welcome, there is no doubt the ability to take pictures of an object or person simply by looking at them will raise privacy concerns if the concept ever turned into a consumer product.".........Such us Cyborg.......how sad

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electrophoto
By electrophoto (3 months ago)

coming up next: the Google Brain Connector.... get your google implant... and stream your life and thoughts directly to Plus.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (3 months ago)

Do they come in Nikon F mount?

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agentul
By agentul (3 months ago)

i never asked for this... but i actually thought about it.

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JohnEwing
By JohnEwing (3 months ago)

I can imagine situations in which forgetting to pop out one's lenses might severely compromise a beautiful relationship.

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Debankur Mukherjee
By Debankur Mukherjee (3 months ago)

Google is fast becoming a CIA agent.......!!

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jtan163
By jtan163 (3 months ago)

Wrong TLA.
Sigint is NSA's baby.

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Black Box
By Black Box (3 months ago)

New Google slogan: "Big Brother is watching you". What started as a brave independent company now is the epitomy of evil. Voluntarily supplying government with information about users, illegally collecting data, numerous "projects" aimed at people not being able to hide anywhere from anyone. What a disgusting bunch they've become!

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Langusta
By Langusta (3 months ago)

Creepy

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Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (3 months ago)

Its not Full Frame!!! It's crap! Is there room for a Leica red dot? Then they could charge triple. All the bourgeoise will have red eye and not want red eye removal.

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badi
By badi (3 months ago)

they got it wrong anyway....
if i read correct, they have:
image capture device (probably lens) -> then control circuit (with processing, and storage) -> then the sensor.

So... first they process the image directly from the lens, and only after that it reaches the sensor :D

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ryansholl
By ryansholl (3 months ago)

Just because something can be done doesn't mean it should be done.

Fortunately, a moderate-power handheld laser will immediately destroy this type of camera's aiming mechanism.

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0MitchAG
By 0MitchAG (3 months ago)

Too bad that laser will probably render permanent eye damage in the wearer then.

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badi
By badi (3 months ago)

well... true, but in the end anything that can be done, is done. One way or another, sooner or later...

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ryansholl
By ryansholl (3 months ago)

0MitchAG:

That was the joke.

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nunatak
By nunatak (3 months ago)

creepy. i guess we best prepare for every private facet of our life being leveraged as assets against us. paranoia here we come.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (3 months ago)

If Google had filed a patent about it -- you can rest assured the CIA field operatives are already using something like this for a year or two.

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Eric Calabros
By Eric Calabros (3 months ago)

You can patent any sci-fi thing these days, making it real is another thing. CIA cant change laws of physics

2 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (3 months ago)

Torchwood

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