November. The political ads will soon end and of course the holiday ads are now beginning. One thing that caught my eye is an article in TopGadgetsDaily.com presenting 18 gadgets they feel will sell out this holiday season. While these are somewhat interesting, the one that really caught my attention is an honorable mention at the end of the article with the comment coming soon. The item presented is the Samsung Smart Contact Lens.
This concept is not new, in fact Samsung was granted a patent in Korea for this in 2016 and even Google is known to be working on this path. What appears to be new here, is that not only is the Samsung Smart Contact Lens a camera, it is also a display that projects directly into the wearer’s eyes, indicating bi-directional transmission capabilities. Imagine what this means in real life. First responders could be fed directions through a building, using the building blueprints, or provide an aerial view of where a suspect or missing person is located.
From a capture perspective, blink your eye and you have now captured information that can be processed and stored on your mobile device and uploaded to a larger system. While there is no indication of this, one can imagine that live feed video could also be possible, and that as you are watching something, it is transmitted real-time, to a central command center, and system for storage. (Think body camera, but this one is your contact lens.)
In My View
As technology progresses, is miniaturized, and becomes more readily accessible, our ability to transform what we see and hear into digital format will inevitably play a major role. (And who’s to say it isn’t already in place within some government agencies.)
My point is simply this, within the next few ears, it is possible and believable that we could all be fitted with this type of eyewear. Not only would it enable us to leverage technology in a more hands-free manner, it also gives us the ability to capture information of all sorts with the blink of an eye. From a practical view, this would greatly enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness on many levels.
In healthcare, a surgical specialist could remotely participate in a procedure, providing direction based on the view provided through the attending surgeon’s eyes. Facilities operators could provide guidance to field personnel based on real-time, remote vision, and the list could be endless from here. On the flip-side – ethically speaking – this would also enable capabilities for invasion of privacy and espionage never seen before.
Technology advancement of this nature is encouraged and will provide great benefit to businesses and the human population as a whole. At the same time, it will also created opportunities for misuse, and unscrupulous activities. It is up to us to determine appropriate use, set guidelines, and determine any consequences for those times this technology is used as a tool of crime. I cannot wait to see these in person and perhaps try them out – hint to Samsung. I also cannot wait to see how society adopts and uses this technology.
Bob Larrivee is President and Founder of Bob Larrivee Consultancy, a recognized expert in the application of advanced technologies and process improvement, and Journalist on Information Technology for Document Strategy. In his career, Bob has led many projects and authored hundreds of eBooks, Industry Reports, Blogs, Articles, and Infographics. In addition, he has served as host and guest Subject Matter Expert on a wide variety of Webinars, Podcasts, Virtual Events, and lectured at in-person seminars and conferences around the globe.