The Third Eye prevents ‘smartphone zombies’ from bumping into things

June 8, 2021

If you live in a large city or on a college campus, it’s hard to avoid them: Smartphone users who are too busy reacting to their screens to navigate their surroundings safely. They pose a danger to other pedestrians, drivers—and, of course, themselves.

But now, The Third Eye has been invented in order to prevent “smartphone zombies” from walking into things while focused on their screens, Sky News reports.

South Korean industrial designer Paeng Min-wook, 28, says the robotic eyeball can be strapped to a person’s forehead, allowing them to browse injury-free.

The device senses when the user’s head has been lowered to look at the phone and it then opens its translucent eyelid.When the person comes within about three feet of an obstacle, the third eye beeps to warn them of danger.

Paeng says, “This is the look of future mankind with three eyes.

He describes his device as a “satirical solution” that he hopes will make people “recognize the severity of their gadget addiction and look back at themselves”.

“As we cannot take our eyes off [our] smartphones, the extra eye will be needed in future.”

Research contact: @SkyNews

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