Google embarks on smart contact lenses for diabetics

A prototype of Google's smart contact lens that could measure glucose levels in people with diabetes.

(Credit: Google)

Google has been working on smart contact lenses embedded with sensors “so small they look like bits of glitter” and an antenna “thinner than a human hair.”

But these lenses aren’t being developed to give people super-human sight or cast the Internet over their field of view — rather, they could potentially help diabetics monitor their glucose levels.

Google announced Thursday that its been working on this secret project at its Google[x] research lab. Not only has it developed prototypes of these smart contact lenses, but it’s also done multiple clinical research studies, met with the US Food and Drug Administration, and is looking for potential partners to bring the product to market.

“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,” the project co-founders Brian Otis and Babak Parviz wrote in a … [Read more]



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Posted in CNET on Jan 17th, 2014 by In The News Team   

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