There is something really intriguing about patents. While patents do not always end up being real-word products, that is not to say that they are not representative of the industry as a whole. While some of the patented ideas or products will never see the light of day, they do provide a nice insight into the direction which companies and manufacturers are looking to take. The latest patent which has now been spotted being filed by Google is a prime example of this.
Google Glass is a commonly known product and throughout last year there were multiple reports that Google is working on other sight-based wearables like smart contact lenses and they are not the only one with a very recent report coming through and highlighting a patent Samsung filed for a similar lens-based wearable product. However, this latest one from Google takes contact lenses to a whole new level. While the general use of this product described in this latest patent is in line with the purpose of contact lenses (and does look to address vision correction), unlike contact lenses, the patent details a device which is injected directed into the eyeball.
The patent which is dated April 28 of this year notes that the procedure makes use of a liquid-type solution which hardness and attaches itself to the membrane of the lens within the eye, essentially replacing the function of the natural lens. What is even more intriguing is that the device is said to come equipped with storage, sensors, radio and battery components and is powered by an "energy harvesting antenna." All of which when coupled together, help to correct the user's vision. As mentioned, this is just a patent at the moment and as such there are no real or firm details on when, how or even if, this will come to the main market as a viable product. Although, as also mentioned, this coupled with the ongoing smart contact lenses which keep popping up from the likes of Google and Samsung, does help to highlight where these companies see and expect the technology to move towards in the future. Those interested in reading the patent in full, can do so by heading through the source link below.