A third eye not to see the supernatural, but what is actually in front of us while we can’t take our eyes off our smartphones: this is the solution proposed by design student Minwook Paeng to the contemporary danger of walking around looking at the devices. However, instead of intuition and telepathy, Paeng’s third eye uses technology to warn the user of an approaching obstacle ahead – and thus avoid bumping or tipping over: all without giving up – or eyes – from addiction to screen.
Literally dubbed the Third Eye, Paeng’s third eye consists of a device attached to the middle of the user’s forehead that brings together a gyroscope sensor to detect the position of the wearer’s head, a sonar to identify an approaching obstacle and a small speaker.
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When the person has their head tilted down, the Third Eye’s plastic “eyelid” opens, and the device starts to work: if the sonar sensor identifies an obstacle in the route, the loudspeaker emits an alarm announcing the possible collision .
“We’re all smartphone junkies, and we’re always looking at them,” says the text of the invention’s disclosure video – even when we’re walking. “We’ve become smartphone zombies, and that’s a problem caused by our angle of view: when we’re looking at smartphones, we don’t look ahead” – and that’s where Third Eye comes into play, ensuring that you can walk with security without taking your eyes off our devices.
The project was developed by Paeng as a project for the Design Engineering course at the Royal College of Art, London, and offers a satirical look at the impact of using such gadgets on our bodies. This is the first in a series of three products that seek to imagine what it will be like for the body of this future to be totally dependent on smartphones, jokingly dubbed by the student as “Phono Sapiens”.
“When we use smartphones in the wrong posture, our cervical vertebrae is developing the ‘tortoise neck syndrome’ or ‘neck forward’ syndrome, and the fingers we use to support the phones are also bending,” comments the designer.
“In a few generations, these small changes brought about by the use of smartphones will accumulate and create a new and completely different form of humanity”, concludes Paeng, sarcastic, prophetic and, at the same time, realistic.
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