Google after testing self driving cars and project loon, is now all set to step in the medical domain with its new contact lens. Reportedly, Google is testing waters to launch smart contact lens that could help control diabetes. It is 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.
As per the statistics mentioned in the Google blog, one in every 19 people on the planet is suffering from this disease. All such patients are trying hard everyday to try keep their blood sugar levels under control.
The team, at present is testing prototypes that can generate a reading once per second. Also, they are investigating the potential for this to serve as an early warning for the wearer, thereby exploring ways of integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed above or below certain thresholds.
According to Brian Otis and Babak Parviz, project co-founders,“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”.
Previously, multiple research organizations and Samsung were in news to develop a new nano-material, which could be used for making smart contact lens similar to Google glass. Also, it has been speculated that the Google’s project has been drawn heavily from work done by Microsoft.
Here are some tweets showcasing how the world is reacting on this new initiative of Google:
I expect Google Glass-like displays will eventually be embedded in contacts–and retinas http://t.co/6rUYosXK0A
— Vivek Wadhwa (@wadhwa) January 17, 2014
In wearable tech, Google will be what Apple is in smartphone devices. Envied by everyone. http://t.co/BT4xKuBszk
— Vijay Shekhar (@vijayshekhar) January 17, 2014