Strange Inventions: An Extra Eye for When You’re Reading Your Smartphone

Some inventions make lives better. Others provide solutions to problems that can also be solved by looking up.

Here we see a new invention from industrial design student Minwook Paeng, aptly called the Third Eye. Wear it like a hat and the spherical eye sits on your forehead, gathering data and detecting obstacles. The device enables you to “see” where you’re walking while you, I don’t know, browse Twitter or play RUN GODZILLA or something.

The eye consists of three parts: a speaker, a gyroscopic sensor, and sonar. If you’re about to run into something, the speaker sounds off so you can avoid otherwise certain doom.

If you can’t tell yet, Paeng’s invention here is meant to be satirical — a look at the future and what he’s dubbed “phono sapiens.” He says our constant use of smartphones is leading to bad posture and bent pinkies.

“When a few generations go by,” he adds, “these small changes from smartphone usage will accumulate and create a completely different, new form of mankind.”


Rob Schwarz

Writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.

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