Samsung has applied for a patent for a smart contact lens in South Korea, according to the blog SamMobile.
The application might indicate the development of Samsung’s answer to Google Glass, particularly as publication of the application comes hot on the heels of the company trademarking of the name “Gear Blink” in both South Korea and the US.
The patent application, filed in 2014, shows a contact lens equipped with a tiny display, a camera, an antenna, and several sensors that detect movement and the most basic form of input using your eyes: blinking. The display projects images directly into the eye of the wearer. An external device, a smartphone, is needed for processing.
According to the application, the primary reason for the development of smart contact lenses is the limited image quality that can be achieved with smart glasses. Lenses can provide a more natural way to provide augmented reality than smart glasses, though the privacy debate will probably reach entirely new heights when cameras are essentially hidden in contact lenses.