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How do you feel about pushing things inside your eyeball? Even putting on contact lenses can make people squeamish, but Google has a new approach.
According to reports, the search giant has filed for a patent that describes a smart experimental lens that would be placed inside the user’s eyeballs. Yikes.
Once the natural lens is removed, the intra-ocular device gets injected into the cavity of your eyeball, turning whoever has the implant into a real-life Adam Jensen (look him up if you don’t know about this legend).
The patent includes a device that packages an “electronic lens, sensor, receiver, storage system, and power supply,” all fitted together into an injectable machine.
Google’s application lays claim on both the smart lens and the procedure that would fit it in the eyeball. The company also mentions an “energy-harvesting antenna” that would power the device wirelessly, because, let’s face it, sticking an AA battery in there just isn’t the solution.
Additionally, there’s talk of an external device that would take over processing duties as it couples with the eyeball. This companion gadget could open up some potentially powerful applications for the implanted lens while the smart device remains discreetly in your eye.
The patent specifically copyrights a technique for “injecting a fluid into a lens capsule of an eye, wherein a natural lens of the eye has been removed from the lens capsule.” Ouch!
Any proposition that includes physically altering the human eye could make anyone reconsider the product – and for good reason – but it seems that the process is similar to laser eye surgery, the procedure used to improve someone’s vision.
The idea of taking out some real-life eye parts and replacing them with mechanical ones might fill a lot of people with anxiety, Google’s patent still offers some relief. For one, it can’t look any more awkward than the clunky and unsuccessful Google Glass.
Secondly, patents of black-and-white drawings rarely make it into the hands – or eyes – of consumers, so the injectable device might never be invented. However, the art of mixing biology and electronics will only expand as technology advances, so be ready nevertheless.
This is not the first time Google focused on eyeballs; back in 2014, the company filed a patent for smart contact lenses that covered a very tiny wireless chip that had the ability to monitor the user’s glucose levels.
It almost became a reality when Google inked a deal with healthcare company Novartis to help develop the technology.
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