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Samsung working on smart contact lenses

Samsung smart contact lenses patent shows the future of wearable technology
Samsung smart contact lenses
Although a connected smartphone will still be needed, the smart contact lenses promise to overcome some of the limitations of today's smart glasses.

Although this is apparently still in the patent stage, the smart contact lenses might hit the market much sooner than expected. The publication of a patent application by tech giant Samsung shows a technology that is close to the smart glasses currently on the market from a few points of view, but eliminates most of its drawbacks.

Samsung filed this new patent in South Korea and the device shown is a contact lens that features the following components: a display, antenna, camera, several sensors that detect movement and blinking. Although an external connected device is needed for processing, the smart contact lens projects the images directly into the wearer's eye.

The application claims that the main reason for developing such a device is the limited image quality of the smart glasses, since lenses can deliver a much better augmented reality experience compared to the current technology available on the market. Since Samsung filed this patent almost two years ago and they recently applied for the "Gear Blink" trademark in both South Korea and the US, we might be much closer to the real thing than it seems.


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Codrut Nistor, 2016-04- 6 (Update: 2016-04- 6)