As the world turns technology is advancing. We all know that diabetes effects 1in every 19 people and it can cause damage to your liver, kidney and eyes. Well now they are 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.
Google is testing prototypes that can generate a reading once per second. They are also investigating the potential for this to serve as an early warning for the wearer, so Google is exploring integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed above or below certain thresholds. It’s still early days for this technology, but they’ve completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine their prototype. Google hope this could someday lead to a new way for people with diabetes to manage their disease.
They are in discussions with the FDA, but there’s still a lot more work to do to turn this technology into a system that people can use. They plan to look for partners who are experts in bringing products like this to market. These partners will use their technology for a smart contact lens and develop apps that would make the measurements available to the wearer and their doctor. Google always said that they’d seek out projects that seem a bit different or strange, and at a time when the International Diabetes Federation (PDF) is declaring that the world is “losing the battle” against diabetes, they thought this project was worth a shot.