If you thought Google Glass was ambitious, it turns out the super-geek glasses were just the beginning. Google doesn’t just want to be in your glasses — it wants to literally be inside your eye.
The company has filed a patent (in 2014, but published this week) for a device described as "a[n] electronic lens that can be controlled to control the overall optical power of the device." As The Verge notes, that basically translates into a computer inside your eye. The device would apparently be powered by some type of "energy harvesting antenna." But for all this to work, this little gadget would have to be injected into the lens capsule of your eye. Which, yeah, sounds absolutely terrible.
Along with being a potentially bleeding-edge piece of tech, the eye-puter can also connect with LTE, GPS and NFC signals (so you’re always connected, like it or not).
So, what are the potential benefits of this concept? They could be myriad, if you can get past the idea of injecting a piece of tech into your squishy, tender eyeball. (One question: How do you upgrade when the 2.0 version hits the next year?) Something built from this tech could do anything from improve eyesight to provide a built-in heads-up display for life itself.
It goes without saying, but we’re obviously still years away from anything like this being even remotely conceivable. But it’s a fascinating proof of concept for what the future of wearable tech might look like.
(Via The Verge)