A “third eye” has been created to forestall “smartphone zombies” from strolling into issues whereas centered on their screens.
South Korean industrial designer Paeng Min-wook, 28, says the robotic eyeball may be strapped to an individual’s brow, permitting them to browse injury-free.
He mentioned the machine was a “satirical answer” which he hoped would make folks “recognise the severity of their gadget dependancy and look again at themselves”.
The machine – referred to as The Third Eye – senses when the person’s head has been lowered to have a look at the cellphone and it then opens its translucent eyelid.
When the individual comes inside one or two metres of an impediment, the third eye beeps to warn them of hazard.
Mr Paeng mentioned: “That is the look of future mankind with three eyes.
“As we can’t take our eyes off from smartphones, the additional eye might be wanted in future.”
Mr Paeng, a postgraduate pupil in innovation design on the Royal School of Artwork and Imperial School London, has trialled the machine round Seoul.
Amongst those that noticed it was resident Lee Okay-jo, who mentioned: “I believed he seemed like an alien with an eye fixed on his brow.
“Nowadays many younger folks can get into accidents whereas utilizing their cell phone. This is able to be good for them.”
The Third Eye makes use of a gyro sensor to measure the angle of the person’s neck and an ultrasonic sensor to calculate the gap between the robotic eye and obstacles.
The sensors are each linked to an open-source single-board microcontroller with a battery pack.