Contact lenses capable of recording video and taking pictures could one day become a reality after Samsung was granted a patent in the US to develop the technology.
The lenses feature motion sensors, which means that wearers could control devices with their eye movements and potentially give commands to their devices remotely when blinking or using their peripheral vision.
The contact lenses could also beam photos and videos directly into a wearers eyes.
This is not Samsung’s first exploration into augmented reality wearables. The company applied for a patent for a pair of smart glasses complete with Bluetooth earpiece and screen-like display called Gear Blink in 2014.
It is not clear whether Samsung plans to mass-produce this technology following the green light from the US Patent and Trademark Office last month.
Technology companies have continued to invest in augmented reality to tap into a market expected to reach $70 billion by 2023 according to forecast figures from Mordor Intelligence.