A Google smart contact lens is something diabetics in particular should keep a sharp eye out for in the future, as this advanced form of technology revealed this week is said to have the ability to monitor the glucose levels in human tears. Although the Google product is only in its prototype stages at the moment, this incredible idea might mean the end of eventual finger pricking in those with diabetes. The Washington Post shares what has been leaked so far on these contact lenses that can do so much more than simply help people see this Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.
The Google smart contact lens has yet to be approved by the FDA and will no doubt need quite a bit of testing to be proved safe, functional, and accurate, but this advanced invention could very well turn out to be the glucose level health checker of the future. Although everything from Wearables to the Google Glass may be the products on many people’s minds in recent times, Google has taken a new step forward in helping the public “see.”
The multi-billion dollar company announced a new project, centered on a contact lens that fits onto the human eye much like the ones we wear today. However, the lens won’t be letting you watch videos or receive email alerts right into the brain. Instead, this future, still-in-the-works project is working to make a difference in one of the most troubling health issues the U.S. struggles with: diabetes.
Despite being in its prototype stage, this amazing Google smart contact lens will allegedly use highly-sensitive sensors buttressed between two ultra-thin lenses to measure the glucose levels within one’s tears. The contact of the future also contains a very, very tiny capacitor, antenna, and even electronic controller, so that all physical information received from the product can then be transferred to a handheld device that can then be viewed and examined. In doing so, there will be no need for diabetics to prick their fingers in order to check their glucose levels.
“According to a short explanation of the technology provided by Google, the chip and sensors are mounted on a small plastic-like film. A tiny pinhole in the lens lets tear fluid seep over the glucose monitor to get regular health readings. Right now, the company said, it can get a level reading once every second.”
The National Diabetes Education Program states that over 25 million Americans suffer from diabetes, meaning that over eight percent of the people in the U.S. must take out their testers and prick their fingers in order to test their current blood levels, often multiple times a day. But some of the smart minds at Google are apparently working to make this glucose-testing process a much easier one for people around the world if their future product, the Google smart contact lens, comes to fruition.
Another upcoming Google product, the Google Glass, also made headlines this week after a woman was given the very first ticket for driving while wearing the futuristic eyeglasses wear.