Google Reveals It's Testing a New Smart Contact Lens [Photo]

Google Reveals It's Testing a New Smart Contact Lens [Photo]

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Google has announced that it is working on a smart contact lens that's built to measure glucose levels in tears.

The company notes that over the years many scientists have investigated various body fluids, such as tears, in hopes of find a better way to track glucose levels. Google wondered if miniaturized electronics and an antenna thinner than a human hair might be the solution.

We’re now testing a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. We’re testing prototypes that can generate a reading once per second. We’re also investigating the potential for this to serve as an early warning for the wearer, so we’re exploring integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed above or below certain thresholds. It’s still early days for this technology, but we’ve completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine our prototype. We hope this could someday lead to a new way for people with diabetes to manage their disease.

Google says it's in discussions with the FDA and that there's still a lot more work to be done. They plan to look for partners to help bring the smart contact lens to market.

"These partners will use our technology for a smart contact lens and develop apps that would make the measurements available to the wearer and their doctor. 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."

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Google Reveals It's Testing a New Smart Contact Lens [Photo]
sidewinder - January 17, 2014 at 5:16pm
This is the future you bunch of mooks. This is only the beginning. Tech will be integrated into everything and probably everybody in the years to come. It will happen faster and faster once the ball really starts rolling and we will all benefit from it to varying degrees. Fck god, fck country, and fck corporate greed. Long live the Star Trek future.
K - January 17, 2014 at 8:10pm
Wow, now you'll burn in hell for hating everything and saying this is the beginning like you agreed.
sidewinder - January 17, 2014 at 11:09pm
I never said I hate anything, let alone everything. I expressed a negative opinion towards things which I feel divide and hurt people. I actually feel a general sense of love towards everyone and want everybody to be happy. I see a "Star Trek Future" as humanities best hope for worldwide happiness. There will always be curmudgeons, we are all that way sometimes, but I truly feel that way and the sooner it comes the better for us all.
wideload - January 18, 2014 at 2:20am
I don't understand your comment at all. but im in the medical field and I've seen first hand how diabetes can cause lots of damage if left untreated. these test strips are expensive! $1/strip. imagine sticking yourself 10times -20 times a day... you don't even spend that much on food in a single day. the prick also sucks even the painless ones, leaves a mark and the holes are created more often then they close up. so do you see how google is helping here? it doesn't matter if they are making money doing it. Its what they do with that money. Apple seems to be the opposite, they are hording all their money probably waiting for a disaster so that they can survive it. Google is spending it, investing with it, researching with it. Google kinda reminds me of batman or 007 where things are constantly being developed. Google is always thinking about the new and the exciting. Apple came out with the phone and the tablet. which were pretty big things. but they sure as hell monopolized on it good. and then they stopped once they found themselves getting these high peaks. how much money do they have liquid now? about 200billion? have they used any of that for charity? yea they did... 100mil spent since the beginning of their empire. bill gates gives away 48% of microsoft's net worth do you have any idea what that is?... apple gave back 0.05% of its earnings to charity, a true humanitarian. Yeah when you are on your death bed with cancer, and Microsoft or google comes up to you and says, "we want to save your life" you'll be grateful, apple on the other hand will say, "eh we got lots of other isheep to worry about."
K - January 18, 2014 at 3:37am
The irony of one talking about it when it happens to them.
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