With the latest technology innovations, virtual reality will soon become a thing of the past as brands foray into offering augmented reality devices and that too through eyewear…
With smart glasses bound to grow in popularity, pretty soon the demand for more innovations in the wearable technology category is guaranteed to increase. In fact, wearable technology is the next big thing when it comes to the future of gadgets. Brands like Google and Samsung made the initial foray long time ago and it is not going to be long before the results of their efforts will dominate the industry.
A common notion among people is that by 2020 smartphones will be replaced by smart contact lenses, eyewear, watches and in-ear audio plugs, etc. Simply put, these will be devices that communicate with wearable computers. In the near future, the numbers of wearables around us will be substantial.
Wearables can be considered in three broad categories – smart glasses and, augmented and virtual reality eyewear. Of these, we have already seen products in the smart glasses and virtual reality category. But now Samsung has hinted at ambitious plans to come with an eyewear that is set to make heads turn.
And it all started…
The experiences with the Google glass managed to create headlines. In fact, the head-mounted display had quite an eventful journey in its prototype stage itself. Soon after Google launched its project, Samsung also announced plans of embarking on a similar mission. After having wooed fans with its virtual reality headset, Samsung seems keen to make a headway in the domain of augmented reality as well.
It all started with the Korean giant registering the name Gear Blink. At first, anxious fans thought this was the name of the Galaxy Glass Headset. But it turns out that Samsung may be hiding bigger plans. Gear Blink could be Samsung’s smart contact lens. Yes! A simple lens that will connect the wearer to their smartphone via the eye.
To put it simply, this lens will allow the user to connect to the smartphone (presumably an upgraded version of the Galaxy device and control its input through the blink of an eye.
The Patent Details
The patent for the smart contact lens was filed way in back in 2014 but Samsung chose to stay mum about it for quite some time. Reports on Digital Trends indicated that details filed along with the patent for Gear Blink were made public some time ago. Apparently, Samsung had also submitted images of this proposed product along with details about its expected functionality, looks and a lot more.
Samsung is no new comer to the Internet of Things. The brand already has various wearable technology devices like smart watches, its virtual reality headset, etc. But with GearBlink, the brand sure aims to make a big move into the domain of augmented reality. Now one may wonder that with already a virtual reality glass in place, why is Samsung working so hard over a smart contact lens. However, in its patent application, Samsung has explained that a projecting an image through the lens will ensure better quality and therefore better viewing experience for the customer. Basically, the display could be embedded into the lens instead of being linked to a separately attached HUD.
While Samsung has filed the patent gadget lovers should not expect the augmented reality devices to come up so soon. After all, the biggest challenge in this case is to reduce the size of the components to fit into the lens. Only then will Samsung be able to deliver according to the standards raised by its customers. The patent also reveals that this device will come with a Bluetooth ear piece and a head-up display. Additionally, Gear Blink is expected to cover a larger focal distance bringing in a better view. Originally, it was rumoured that Samsung would launch the device along with the famed Galaxy Note 4 but that did not happen.
Turns out even Google is working on another version of the Google Glass which is said to give a more refined user-experience. Clearly, the demand for wearable technology is growing. As of now, the project may seem a little too ambitious to be true but Samsung is known to pull off such projects with enviable finesse.