According to the creator, the “satirical solution” is designed to make people “realize the seriousness” of their addiction to smartphones.
The “third eye” was created so that “smartphone zombies” would not bump into objects while focusing on their screens.
Paeng Min-wook, a 28-year-old South Korean industrial designer, claims that the robotic eyeball can be strapped to a person’s forehead, allowing them to look at the screen without injury.
He said the device is a “satirical solution” that he hopes will make people “realize the seriousness of their addiction to gadgets and look back at themselves.”
The device, called the “Third Eye,” detects when a user lowers their head to look at their phone and opens their translucent eyelid.
When a person comes within one or two meters of an obstacle, the “third eye” beeps, warning him of the danger.
Mr. Paeng said: “This is what the humanity of the future looks like with three eyes.
“Since we can’t take our eyes off our smartphones, an extra eye will be necessary in the future.”
Mr. Paeng, a graduate student in innovative design at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, piloted the device in Seoul.
Among those who saw it was resident Lee Ok-jo, who said: “I thought he looked like an alien with an eye on his forehead.”
“These days a lot of young people can get into accidents while using a cell phone. It would be good for them.”
The “third eye” uses a gyroscope to measure the angle of the user’s neck and an ultrasonic sensor to calculate the distance between the robotic eye and obstacles.
Both sensors are linked to an open-source single-board microcontroller and a battery pack.