Google introduces help for diabetics – smart contact lenses
Smart technology is becoming a norm. We’ve got smart phones, smart watches, homes, cars and now Google is now adding contact lenses to the list; a device that could be the envy of every diabetic’s eye.
Yes, the creators of Google glasses are now embarking on a new project – the smart contact lens and according to their blog; it’s all in the name of health.
Still in testing phase, the lens is designed to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and a miniaturised glucose sensor embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material.
The prototypes tested can produce a reading once per second and they are exploring the possibility of an early warning system for the wearer by integrating tiny light emitting diodes (LED) which would light up to indicate glucose thresholds.
The project is still in the early days and there are still discussions with US authorities but the founders of the project, Brian Otis and Babak Parviz, are optimistic that it will lead to a new way for people with diabetes to manage their disease.
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