South Korean designer creates ‘Third Eye’ for ‘Smart Zombies’

The South Korean industrial designer has come up with a solution for “smartphone zombies” that can take their eyes off the screen long enough to prevent them from entering a wall or another obstacle.

Paeng Min-wook, 28, has developed a robot eyeball called “The Third Eye”, which phone users can wear on their foreheads so that they can be safe without injuries while traveling.

The device, which is part of a masterpiece that Paeng called “Phono Sapiens”, opens the eyelid’s constant eye whenever he hears a user’s head being lowered to look at a smartphone. When a user comes within one to two meters of an obstacle, the phone rings to warn of impending danger.

“This is the look of a future humanity with three eyes,” said Paeng, a graduate of engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, telling Reuters as he demonstrated his use of The Third Eye around Seoul.

“Since we can’t take our eyes off the smartphones, more attention will be needed in the future.”

Paeng’s screening of the show in Seoul this week has attracted the attention of passersby.

“I thought he looked like a foreigner with an eye on his forehead,” said Seoul resident Lee Ok-jo. “These days a lot of young people can be in danger while using their cell phone. This could be good for them.”

Paeng plans to launch the Third Eye camera module and mobile app, but he has no plans to sell his invention – a situation he could consider changing if necessary.

“It’s cool and lovely,” said 23-year-old Shin Jae-ik. “We could easily collide on the road while using smartphones. I probably don’t need it now, but I’d like to buy it when they sell it later.”

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