Google is developing the smart contact lens, that would identify a person faster and easier. In the bowels of Google X actively working on smart contact lenses that can help diabetics monitor blood glucose levels. However, the science fiction ideas in respect of contact lenses does not end there – Google has issued a couple of new patents relating to this issue.
If Google is able to translate their ideas into practice, in the future we may have contact lenses that transform the human eye in a simple and rapid means of identification. As is known, the iris of the human eye is unique and can act as one of the biometric identifiers of the individual.
Patent Google process comprises three stages. First – delivery of light on the iris. Then, one or more sets of photosensitive sensors arranged at the surface or within the contact lens and covering at least part of the eye, are recorded by the iris reflected light to create an image with a certain pattern.
The third stage – issuing identifiers based on the iris. Through this process the subsequent identification should be much more reliable.
Google suggests using in such lenses the capacitive sensors to the identification of only on the present eye of the human and not on its glass or any other copy. Impossibility of forgery cornea refers to fiction film “Minority Report,” where the hero had to use eye transplant to avoid detection system of total surveillance.
Contact lenses may also collect other biometric information to improve the identification, eg, the amount allocated to the eyes liquid, blink rate and so on. Given the fact that such devices are intended for serious security purposes, but not for simple unlock the phone (hardly anyone would like to purchase contact lenses only to simplify the work with a mobile device), they should ensure a very high level of safety and extremely low share errors.
It is only the patents that may never not materialize into real products. However, few people believed that contact lenses for diabetics will appear soon on the market, as Google recently announced a partnership with Novartis, under which such products have the potential to go on sale. So who knows what direction will develop smart contact lenses? Incidentally, in April this year, Google has patented the idea of contact lenses with built-in miniature cameras – this is a real find for the spy.
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