The Age of Smart Contact Lenses

New technology is being created faster and faster these days, one of this technology is the smart contact lenses. The rapid pace of development in the tech sector is changing the world around us in fantastic ways, connecting all aspects of our lives through tiny gadgets. In less than ten years we’ve seen the release of the first smart watch, the iPhone, the first smart TV and internet connected cars among many innovations.

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The internet of things, for it has become to be called, is only in its infancy, but tech companies are trying to find new and imaginative ways to integrate the World Wide Web into our lives. Our clothing, think of the self-drying coat and self-tying shoes from Back to the Future 2, our kitchen appliances, refrigerators that tell you what food and when you need to buy it, and even our books, have become internet connected. The newest gizmo in the Internet of things that is soon to be released is the smart contact lens.

Smart Contact Lens Tech Giants

Sony, Samsung, Google and a few lesser known companies have all filed patents in the last couple of years in a race to be the first to bring the lenses to the market for consumer purchase. Each company seems to have focused on a different issue. Each one encompasses a unique feature, such as taking photos, augmented reality or addressing health concerns, while other features are ubiquitous to all the manufacturers’ lenses.

Samsung was given a patent in April 2016 in South Korea for its own smart contact lens. The Samsung lens will take photos and videos just like the Sony lens. However, it will also have imbedded augmented reality. With a built-in display that projects images directly into the wearers’ eye, the Samsung smart contact lenses will have the ability to superimpose computer generated images onto the real world, all while being less visible when worn.

If you are curious what the restaurant across the street serves simply look at the front of the building and the menu will appear across your field of vision. Look down the street to see who has the best gas prices and little speech bubbles will pop out from the curb with the amount per gallon inside. Say you’re on a blind date and want to find out more about the person sitting across from you. You can check their Facebook page without ever having to leave the table or pull out your phone. Imagine having the ability to read a foreign language without ever having taken classes, or being able to navigate a place you’ve never been to effortlessly. The applications for this are endless.

Sony was also recently awarded a patent in April of 2016 for a smart contact lens that will take photos and videos of what the wearer is seeing. The lens can do most of what a camera can do. Just like a camera, it is capable of auto-focus, exposure adjustment, and zooming. The patent lays out the lenses ability to calibrate the camera with a wearer’s blink.

Smart Contact Lens Capabilities

Want to take a photo? Just blink three times really fast. Want to take a video? Just squint really hard for three seconds. The contact also uses an electroluminescence display screen to playback recorded content. You can do all this without ever looking at your smartphone, but just by looking straight ahead. All of the registered content can then be wirelessly transferred to your smart phone or computer for later viewing.

Google’s smart contact lens patent approval arrived a month later than Sony and Samsung in May 2016. Google being Google, though, they are taking the smart contact lens road a little less traveled; the contact lenses will have to be surgically implanted in your head. Google has partnered with Novartis, the parent company of Alcon contact lenses, the company that used to be known as Cibavision, to develop a lens with flexible electronics and sensors thinner than a human hair that will help those suffering from diabetes.

The embedded lenses will read chemicals in the tear fluid to determine if the wearers’ blood sugar levels have fallen to near fatal levels. Upon diagnosing the patient’s glucose condition, the smart contact will then be able to administer the insulin itself if needed. While it may seem a bit intrusive, this would be a great, pain-free alternative for diabetics who prick their fingers daily or who constantly wear a glucose monitor. This is excellent news for diabetics, but Google’s smart lenses could be used by anyone looking to maintain great energy levels or even stick to a healthy diet.

These smart contact lenses would need to be surgically inserted in an in and out eight-minute operation. The result would be immediate vision correction. In addition to overcoming the list of ocular vision ailments, the patient would never have a chance of getting cataracts as the lenses would never wear away and the software could be updated wirelessly as needed. Trials need to be carried out first, but the tech could be ready to go in just a few years.

In the long run, Google is also looking to implement smart contact lens features that would be capable of correcting myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism as well as presbyopia eye conditions. This would make the need for wearing glasses and traditional contact lenses a thing of the past. The patent states that the smart lenses will either be solar powered or be charged by the movements of your eyes. Now that right there is just amazing!

One last company that is on the forefront of the smart contact lens bubble is Ocumetrics. While lesser known than the previous three tech giants, Ocumetrics may be the first company to roll out a smart lens for sale to the public. Designed by Dr. Garth Webb to enhance the vision of those that need it, the Ocumetrics Bionic Lens as they’re calling it, will not only give the user 20/20 vision but could actually enhance that by up to three times – yup that’s right, a zoom lens!

 

This is an amazing time we live in.

Mobile Phone Car Mounts Benefits

With the driving wheel in hand, it is too dangerous to attempt picking up the cell phone with your hand. So, what do you do to ensure that you can receive important calls when driving?

Mobile Phone Car Mounts Benefits

While driving a car, there are times when you need to answer an absolutely important call.

This is exactly where a [easyazon_link identifier=”B00MXWFUQC” locale=”US” tag=”geekmommy-20″]mobile phone car mount comes in handy[/easyazon_link], as it holds the phone in a fixed position, which makes it easy for you to operate it. In fact, a lot of the smart phones today offer Voice recognition, so you can actually put the phone in the car mount and receive calls, talk with the person on the other end and do a lot more without even taking off your hands from the wheel.

Benefits of Mobile Phone Car Mounts

Use the GPS

A cell phone mount is absolutely imperative for those who need to use the GPS for navigation, especially for the car taxi drivers, who need to keep track of their journey. It becomes all the more smooth to find your destination when your GPS is mounted right in front of you.

Play movies

For the passengers, a great way of killing time during the journeys is to watch a movie. A cell phone mount can keep the phone in an affixed position over the dashboard, from where everyone can enjoy the movies or cartoons. However, this is not for the driver – who can easily get distracted when watching the next romantic scene play.

Attend calls easily

A cell phone mount helps you to attend to calls easily, by putting the phone on the speaker mode. Some of these mounts even come with an amplification system, thereby making it even easier for the drivers who receive frequent calls during the trips. If you have got a car mount, you can put your smart phone in it easily.

Charge on the go

Your cell phone mount can also act as a charger. Yes, you can put the phone on the mount easily and charge it. The mount might also need a cable to connect the phone with the car’s electrical system.

Music access

Having car mounts can be very handy for those who like music while driving. Instead of holding the phone in your hands and precariously scrolling through the options, you can easily listen to your favourite songs while the phone is mounted. Some of these also come with the Bluetooth connectivity feature, which enables the driver to shuffle through the music using the buttons on his steering wheel.

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