The world is getting smarter in addition to the escalating adoption of smart technology by the people. The researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Chinese Academy of Sciences have created the smart glasses. The lead researcher Zhong Lin Wang is the pioneer of these glasses. The simplicity of the whole lights going out by blinking an eye is just enthralling for the public.
Blink and the lights are turned off. Amazing! The glasses have been designed such that they have a pair of sensors that help understand the motion of one’s skin like the blink of an eye. The blinking motion can be used to turn the lights on and off or even help the individuals with no mobility or limited motion to write down messages on the computer. The high sensitivity makes the smart technology useful in places where there is limited mobility.
The sensor called triboelectric generator is the one that is attached onto the arms of the glasses. It is made up of a number of polymer layers along with a metal coating that helps the sensor act as an electrode. The wink motion activates the sensors by the sense of skin touch, which then later generates an electrical signal. What’s more interesting is that many blinks can help scroll through the alphabet and spell out a message on the computer. This smart technology helps raise the scope of potential hands-free operation of appliances by using signals that either work through a wired or wireless connection. The physically disabled can use this as an opportunity in order to write messages.
However, as the blinking is an involuntary action the turning on or off the appliances can become unpredictable. The signal has to be really strong, that is, the blink should be strong enough to trigger the signal’s activation. The use of muscle motions to set the systems or appliances in the working mode and switch it off is something the scientists are currently exploring. The new sensor technology can also prove to be useful in the robotic applications. The improvement in the signal generation can help self-power the entire system.
Let’s wait and see when the smart glasses commercialize.