Designer creates 'Third Eye' for 'phone zombies'

Designer creates 'Third Eye' for 'phone zombies'

South Korean industrial designer Paeng Min-wook showcases his robotic eye in Seoul, on March 31. (Reuters photo)
South Korean industrial designer Paeng Min-wook showcases his robotic eye in Seoul, on March 31. (Reuters photo)

A South Korean designer has come up with a solution for "smartphone zombies" who can't take their eyes away from their screen.

Paeng Min-wook, 28, has developed a robotic eyeball, "The Third Eye", which mobile phone users can strap to their foreheads.

The device opens its eyelid whenever it senses the user's head has been lowered to look at a smartphone. When the user comes within one to two metres of an obstacle, the device beeps to warn of the danger.

"As we cannot take our eyes off from smartphones, the extra eye will be needed in future," Paeng said.

Paeng's invention uses a gyro sensor to measure the angle of the user's neck and a sensor to calculate the distance between the robotic eye and any obstacles.

Paeng's demonstration of the device in Seoul this week got attention from the public.

"I thought he looked like an alien with an eye on his forehead," one Seoul resident said. "These days many young people can get into accidents while using their mobile phone. This would be good for them."

Paeng said The Third Eye was meant as a satirical warning, not a real solution for smartphone addicts who don't pay attention to where they are going.


  • addict: someone who takes illegal or harmful drugs and cannot stop - ผู้ติดยาเสพย์ติด
  • alien (noun): a creature from another world - มนุษย์ต่างดาว, มนุษย์จากนอกโลก
  • eyelid: either of the two pieces of skin which can close over each eye - เปลือกตา
  • forehead (noun): the top part of the head above the eyes but under the scalp - หน้าผาก
  • gyroscope: a device that keeps something balanced - ไจโรสโคป, อุปกรณ์ที่อาศัยความเฉื่อยของล้อหมุน เพื่อช่วยรักษาทิศทางของแกนหมุน ประกอบด้วยล้อหมุนเร็วบรรจุอยู่ในกรอบอีกทีหนึ่ง ทำให้เอียงในทิศทางต่าง ๆ ได้โดยอิสระ โดยจะชี้ทิศทางเดิมถ้าไม่มีทอร์กมากระทำ
  • obstacle: an object that you must move or go around in order to move forward - อุปสรรค, สิ่งกีดขวาง
  • satirical (adj): using satire (humour showing faults or weaknesses) to criticize somebody/something - เสียดสี,เปรียบเปรย,เหน็บแนม,ถากถาง,เยาะเย้ย
  • sensor: a device that can react to light, heat, pressure, etc. in order to make a machine, etc. do something or show something - อุปกรณ์ส่งสัญญาณที่ไวต่อแสงหรืออุณหภูมิ, ตัวเซ็นเซอร์
  • zombie (n): (in stories, movies, etc.) A zombie is a dead person brought back to life who often eats human flesh -
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