Are you addicted to your smartphone? This robotic third eye will help you walk while looking at your screen.
I am pretty sure many of you have heard about hundreds of incidents and accidents that have happened because people were looking at their phones.
It is always a good idea to look around and know about your environment when you are walking. However, this is slightly difficult now that you are always looking at your phone.
If you are someone who just can’t resist a glance at your phone or a full scrolling session then this industrial design student’s third eye is for you.
Created as part of his Innovation Design Engineering degree at London’s Royal College of Art and Imperial College, student Minwook Paeng came up with the impressive piece of tech to help out all the ‘phono-sapiens’ out there.
With almost all of our lives wrapped up in our phones, Paeng’s ‘third eye’ offers a solution to issues that can present themselves as we walk around with our heads down, taking in everything on the screen.
Here’s a video showing how it actually works.
As seen in the video, the robotic eye attaches to the forehead and comes with an eyelid that can open and close depending on whether the walker is looking up or distracted by something going on in the virtual world. With the help of an ultrasonic sensor, the eye can then alert the user if they’re in danger of bumping into something.
“The black component that looks like a pupil is an ultrasonic sensor for sensing distance. When an obstacle is in front of the user, the ultrasonic sensor detects this and informs the user via a connected buzzer.”
Unhealthy phone habits are an ‘inevitable reality’. Even though it might seem simple to just not look at your phone while walking, the issue at hand is harder to tackle with. Through his creation, he hopes to highlight the issues with these habits and help people take time for ‘self-reflection when it comes to their phone usage.
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