Google unveils ‘smart contact lens’ to help diabetics

January 20, 2014 Smart Contact lens from Google @TheRoyaleIndia 798 0 0

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Google’s vision for wearable technology took another leap forward recently, when the internet search company announced it is developing a smart contact lens.

Google had to design its own tiny chips and mount them on very thin, flexible, plastic-like film. The chip and a sensor are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. A tiny pinhole in the lens lets tear fluid from the surface of the eye to seep into the glucose sensor. The prototypes can take a glucose level reading once every second. The sensor is so small it would appear like a speck of glitter to the wearer and it could eliminate the need for diabetics to spend a lot of time having to prick their fingers to draw blood to measure their glucose levels.

Description of Smart Contact Lens from Google @TheRoyaleIndia

Google is looking into using the lens to serve as an early warning to any dangerous spikes or drops in glucose which could lead to organ damage, and future models could integrate tiny LEDs that will light up in such cases. A use for diabetics could only be the beginning, this could be another step towards integrated technology where we could control our every day lives with the blink of an eye.

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