Jun 09, 2021 | Vanshika Kaushik
Smartphones eased down normal day to day activities. Whether playing games on mobile or watching tv series on netflix everyone these days is addicted to smartphones. They are just an easy way to get a glimpse of the real world.
Smartphones keep the generation Z hooked on screens for the entire day. But this has also led to detrimental impacts on their physical and mental health. Using a phone while driving or while crossing the road increases the probability of road accidents.
A South Korean industrial designer has found a solution for smartphone addicts. Paeng-Min wook has developed a robotic eye that can help smartphone addicts while crossing the roads or driving. People remain glued to their smartphones all day. Sometimes while crossing the road they collide with a car, a wall or a dustbin.
The robotic eye, renamed as the “third eye” can be strapped on the forehead for a seamless and accident free browsing experience on roads. The device uses gyro sensors to measure the oblique angle of the user’s neck. Gyro sensors sense and predict the angular velocity.
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Angular velocity measures the change in rotational angle per unit of time. The device also uses ultrasonic sensors to measure the distance between the robotic eye and any nearby obstacle. Gyro and ultrasonic sensors are connected to a microcontroller that operates on batteries.
The device is made up of a translucent eyelid. It senses when the user lowers their head to look at the smartphone’s screen. Through its gyro sensors it can sense the obstacle which can be a wall or a car. It beeps and alerts the user to make the route change.
As reported by The Hindu Paeng, a postgraduate in innovation design engineering at the Royal College of Arts and Imperial College of London said, “This is the look of future mankind with three eyes.” “As we cannot take our eyes off from smartphones, the extra eye will be needed in future.” he added.
According to the statistics 23% of car accidents involve cell phone usage. Drivers using mobile phones are four times more likely to have a car accident. Using a cell phone was a driving force behind 1.3 million car crashes in 2020.