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South Korean designer creates 'Third Eye' for 'smartphone zombies'

Seoul, June 4

A South Korean industrial designer has give you a satirical answer for “smartphone zombies” who cannot take their eyes away from their display lengthy sufficient to cease themselves strolling right into a wall or different impediment.

Paeng Min-wook, 28, has developed a robotic eyeball he has dubbed “The Third Eye”, which obsessive cell phone customers can strap to their foreheads to allow them to browse injury-free on the go.

The system, a part of an art work Paeng has known as “Phono Sapiens”, opens its translucent eyelid at any time when it senses the person’s head has been lowered to have a look at a smartphone. When the person comes inside one to 2 metres of an impediment, the system beeps to warn of the upcoming hazard.

“That is the look of future mankind with three eyes,” Paeng, a postgraduate in innovation design engineering on the Royal School of Artwork and Imperial School, informed Reuters as he demonstrated use of The Third Eye round Seoul.

“As we can’t take our eyes off from smartphones, the additional eye will probably be wanted in future.”

Paeng’s invention makes use of a gyro sensor to measure the indirect angle of the person’s neck and an ultrasonic sensor to calculate the space between the robotic eye and any obstacles. Each sensors are linked to an open-source single-board microcontroller, with battery pack.

Paeng’s demonstration of the system in Seoul this week garnered consideration from passersby.

“I believed he seemed like an alien with an eye fixed on his brow,” Seoul resident, Lee Okay-jo, stated. “Nowadays many younger folks can get into accidents whereas utilizing their cell phone. This might be good for them.”

Paeng plans to develop a digicam module for the Third Eye and a linked cell phone utility, however he has no plans to commercialise his invention – a stance that he may take into account altering given potential demand.

“It’s so cool and attention-grabbing,” stated 23-year-old Shin Jae-ik. “We will simply stumble upon one another on avenue whereas utilizing smartphones. I’ll not want it now, however I would like to purchase it once they promote it later.”

Reuters

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