Google working on smart contact lenses that can measure the levels of glucose
Google’s smart contact lenses are built to measure the level of glucose in tears
The tech world is leading us to the era of smart devices with a ludicrous speed as smart watches are only a small part of all the gadgets that are heading to possess our day life. We’re already familiar with such kind of gear for a while now and we keep on witnessing all kinds of futuristic stuff like smart glasses, smart shoes and even smart wigs. In relation to all of this, Google that so far has been innovative thanks to its Google Glass gear, is showing even more imagination with its next project- smart contact lenses.
The official Google blog posted a new announcement today revealing that project focused on using electronics embedded in contact lenses for medical applications. This might sound pretty complicated, but in fact the technology is basically a wireless chip paired with a sensor wedged between two pieces of normal material for lenses. The publication explains that the smart contact lenses are built to measure the level of glucose in tears and the prototype so far can generate a reading once per every second.
Google is also testing the potential for the lenses to serve as some kind of an early warning for the user via LED lights that could indicate the glucose levels when they cross below or above the normal index. So far the project is in early development; however Google feels optimistic that someday these lenses would lead to a new and more reliable way for people who suffer from diabetes to manage the disease.
It’s still a long way to go but Google isn’t dealing with the technology alone as the company plans to look for partners experts in that sphere. Such partners would use Google’s new technology to develop apps that could make the measurements available to the users and their doctors.
We’ve always said that we’d seek out projects that seem a bit speculative or strange, and at a time when the International Diabetes Federation (PDF) is declaring that the world is “losing the battle” against diabetes, we thought this project was worth a shot.
Source: Google Blog