For now, it is only a prototype. But in the future, we might all have a microcamera embedded in our glasses, to record whatever we see and use it in a thousand different ways: to tape work meetings, to make a video out of the most important moments of our day, or to post movies of our everyday life on the Internet, with a real “point of view” flavor.
End in order to meet the needs of the “lifelogging” phenomenon, that is, of sharing one’s life on the Internet, Sony is running tests on a prototype of eye camera, that is, a simple pair of glasses, which on top of one of the lenses have a miniature video camera, equipped with an infrared LED pointed at the user’s eye.
The infrared light (which can not be seen by the human eye and will not disturb its user) is pointed towards the eyeball, to follow its black part and measure the eye movement, then moving the micro camera in the direction where the eyes are looking, thus recording whatever the glasses’ wearer is seeing or looking at in that moment.
Of course, for now this camera is only in its early stages as a prototype, which would not be very comfortable as it is in the photos, but for the future, they are of course working to make everything smaller in order to mount the camera directly into the frame of your glasses, and on top of that, to add a few features.
For example, the miniature camera might be equipped with a text recognition software, in order to copy the text you are reading (a function that could be very useful for university or college students as well as for spies on the lookout for compromising evidence), or with a GPS location device which would be able to record the exact geographical coordinates of what you are seeing, and these coordinated might be used in covert operations as well as by lifeloggers eager to share their current exact position at any time.