In a post on Google[x] lab's blog on Thursday, Brian Otis and Babak Parviz, co-founders of this new technology, revealed plans for a smart contact lens that would allow diabetics to monitor their glucose levels throughout the day.
Although this is not Google Glass in contact lens form, but rather it is designed to be a medical tool. According to the blog post, the company has already tested the device, which 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". The device can take readings ever second, according to the post. The post reveals:
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.
In addition to monitoring glucose levels, the team is working on an LED system that could light up to notify the wearer of low glucose levels.
Obviously, this technology is still in the future, as the post admits, but the fact that they have already done multiple clinical studies shows that it is not that far in the future. Google is already in talks with the FDA about turning the prototypes into products, but says it will require partners who "will use our technology for a smart contact lens and develop apps that would make the measurements available to the wearer and their doctor".
And who knows, if this works out, one day they could miniaturize Google Glass into a single contact lens.
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