You thought that Google Glass was bad? Sony wants to make a contact lens camera

Apr 30, 2016

Udi Tirosh

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You thought that Google Glass was bad? Sony wants to make a contact lens camera

Apr 30, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Eons ago (at least in technological terms) Google were out to change the world with their Google glass wearable tech. One of the most prominent objections to that tech was people being afraid of being spied upon.  Google Glass now lies at the bottom of Google’s failed-projects cemetery.

Sony is out to bring this concept to life only taking the glass away. And we know how bringing dead things to life seems like a good idea, but really never is

The concept that Sony patented puts a full camera inside a contact lens.

yea, a full working camera including a lens system (both both zoom and focus), storage, image processing CPU, and wifi. All that in a single contact lens. Not even using that weird visor that Geordi La Forge has.

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The image pickup unit (24) includes, for example, a lens system including the image pickup lens 24a, an aperture stop, a zoom lens, a focus lens, and the like, a drive system that causes the lens system to perform focusing operation and zooming operation, and a solid-state image pickup element array that performs photoelectric conversion with respect to image pickup light obtained in the lens system to thereby generate an image pickup signal. The solid-state image pickup element array may be realized by, for example, a charge coupled device (CCD) sensor array or a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensor array….

…The image pickup unit 24 includes an image pickup signal processing unit that performs processing with respect to a signal obtained by a solid-state image pickup element to thereby obtain an image pickup signal serving as digital data. For example, the image pickup signal processing unit may perform image stabilization for correcting blur of a captured image, the blur being caused by motion of the eyeball. The image pickup unit 24 outputs the acquired captured image (digital data) to the main control unit 21.

The storage unit 25 is a part that records and plays back data by using a predetermined recording medium. The recording medium can be any one of various kinds of recording media such as a permanent memory including a flash memory, and the storage unit 25 only needs to execute recording and playback in accordance with a recording medium to be employed

sonyalpharumors breaks down the process needed to take a photo:

  1. You control the release shutter via a conscious eyelid closure and aperture (there is a sensor that can measure the pressure of the eyelid)
  2. When you accelerate shutter speed increases (to avoid blur)
  3. All settings like aperture and zoom can be adjusted via eyelid movement

If you thought that this is going the way of cybernetic eyes, you are probably right.

Of course that may start an all new patent war between Sony and Google after the former obtained a contact lens camera patent back in 2014.

[freepatentsonline via sonyalpharumors]

 

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3 responses to “You thought that Google Glass was bad? Sony wants to make a contact lens camera”

  1. Paul Hintze Avatar
    Paul Hintze

    Closing the eyelid to “snap” the picture. I can feel the slap on my face from some woman who thought I was winking at her.

  2. Cameraman Mike Avatar
    Cameraman Mike

    Nothing could go wrong there!

  3. vincent.b Avatar
    vincent.b

    evident pro use cases for Glass are numerous but Google addressed none of them. I wouldn’t laugh too soon at Sony.