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Smart contact lens by Google

Google just announced a smart contact lens that can measure glucose levels of people who are suffering from diabetes.

  Author: mat | Source: googleblog.blogspot.com | 17th January 2014  
 
 
 

Diabetes is affecting one in every 19 people on the planet so there is a great chance you know a person effected by this ever growing disease. Google decided to address this issue by introducing a smart contact lens that lets patients measure and monitor glucose levels in their system.





The smart contact lens carries tiny wireless chip and obviously a tiny glucose sensor, both built-in between two thin contact lenses. The prototype is able to take the readings of glucose levels in tears once per second. They are also considering the potential for the smart lens to become an early warning for the patient wearing it, by embeding miniature LED lights that would light up when glucose levels reach the certain levels.

Google is already in talks with the FDA about the possibilities of bringing the technology to the people but there is still a lot of work to be done. 

"We plan to look for partners who are experts in bringing products like this 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", as Brian Otis and Babak Parviz, project co-founders posted on Google's Blog.



 

 
 
   
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KidCurious, 20th Jan 2014, 7:57 AM
Something similar has already been developed by Chemical and Biochemical Engineering professor Jin Zhang at The University of Western Ontario:

Color-Changing Contact Lenses Help Diabetics Keep Tabs on Glucose Levels

 
   
 
 
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