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Samsung gets the green light for augmented-reality contactsThe company grabbed a patent this week for contacts with cameras, sensors and a display.
Forget about VR headsets for a moment. Samsung is working on augmented reality contact lenses. The company filed a patent back in 2014 for smart contact lenses. And this week it was granted that patent in South Korea. These futuristic contacts will apparently include a tiny camera Movement sensors, transmitters, and display. They'll pair with a smartphone and you can control what you see with blinks. There's no word yet on what you'll be able to see with these lenses, but I'm guessing it'll look something like the Microsoft It all sounds crazy futuristic, but smart contacts are not all that new. In 2014 Google talked about creating a smart contact that could help diabetics by measuring blood glucose levels while you wore them. They aren't available yet. And just last month the FDA approved Swiss healthcare start up Sensimed to start human testing for its smart contact lenses that promise to cure glaucoma. While popping in my contacts every morning to see more than just my bathroom sounds awesome, I'm skeptical this will ever come to fruition. For now, I'm holding out for the hollow lens. [SOUND]