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Wonder eyeglasses: Switch on your computer simply by blinking your eyes

Now, you can use eyeglasses with sensor to control devices just by blinking

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Representational image. Photo: Wikipedia
Representational image. Photo: Wikipedia

Scientists have designed a pair of integrated with a that converts eye muscle movement into and could be used to control external devices such as computers or lamps.

The sensor, developed at Chongqing University and the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology in China, is based on a triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG), which is a device that generates an electrostatic charge in response to movement.

The connects to a pair of eyeglass frames and is activated and when the user wears the glasses, the comes into contact with the skin and senses blinks.

When it does, it generates a tiny electrical charge that is sent to a device connected to a computer. The subject faces a computer screen and watches as a cursor moves over letters on the screen - when the desired letter is highlighted, the user blinks, selecting the letter.

The process is repeated letter by letter to compose a text. The sensor can also be used to control other devices - turning a lamp on and off, researchers said.

The team suggests their sensor device could be used by people with locked-in syndrome, for example, or ALS - any situation in which a person is unable to communicate in other ways.

The research was published in the journal Science Advances.

First Published: Tue, August 01 2017. 18:55 IST