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Brief Published: 10 May 2016

Sony's Contact Lens Camera

Sony has filed a patent for a contact lens that captures photos and videos with a blink of the eye

Sony has filed a patent for a contact lens that captures photos and videos with the blink of an eye.

Although the technology will not be consumer-ready until the long-term future, the patent reveals plans for a contact lens with built-in hardware capable of capturing and storing images via piezoelectric sensors that differentiate between conscious and unconscious blinks.

The contact lens will also be able to zoom and autofocus, and will be powered wirelessly via a nearby smartphone, tablet device or computer.

The announcement follows the global trend for industry investment and rapid advances in wearable technology, a market that will generate an estimated $54bn in revenue by 2020, according to global market intelligence firm IDC.

For more on how the latest wearables are creating wellbeing communities, boosting safety and efficiency in the workplace, and migrating to new locations on the body, explore our insights from the Wearable Technology Show 2016.