The next generation of contact lenses could be on its way sooner than you may imagine, after Google founder Sergey Brin hinted that the internet giant has been working on smart contact lenses.
Digital TV Europe highlighted Brin’s hints, which he made during a Q&A session at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Talking about projects being working on by the company’s Verily Life Sciences, he said: “They wanted to put a computer in a contact lens. I said go and do your crazy thing… Yet here they are a few years later doing serious studies in a serious partnership.”
According to Brin, the smart lenses are being developed in partnership with Novartis and Alkon and are hopefully going to be released to market in the not too distant future.
The website explained that one of the smart lenses being developed by Verily and Novartis would help monitor people’s health, such as those with diabetes.
It also revealed that Verily has filed a patent for a smart contact lens that is inserted into the eyeball. In this instance, the new smart lens would replace the natural lens in someone’s eye, although it’s not yet clear what this smart lens would allow you to do.
While that would mean you wouldn’t have to worry about removing or inserting your contact lenses any more, it could be a step too far for some people. Having a contact lens case and taking care of your eye health seems like a less drastic option.
But this isn’t the only potential advance being made in the area of contact lens technology, with CooperVision releasing a lens last year that’s designed specifically to help combat digital eye fatigue.