Google X Announces Smart Contact Lenses, FDA Approval Pending
Posted January 16, 2014 at 08:30 pm by Will Verduzco
OK, so it finally happened. Google wants to take wearable tech to the next level with a set of smart contact lenses. Now keep your pants on for a second—this has nothing to do with their first foray into wearable tech, Google Glass. Rather, they are now testing a “smart contact lens” that allows users to more easily keep track of their glucose levels when managing diabeetus.
These new glasses work by embedding a tiny wireless transmitter and a miniature glucose sensor in between two layers of a soft contact lens. Prototypes currently undergoing testing are able to obtain measurements at a rate of one reading per second. And given this impressive temporal resolution, the system could potentially serve as a warning system for those with fluctuating blood glucose levels.
While Google X already has working prototypes and is in talks with the FDA, there is apparently still much work to be done, and as such, they are looking for technology partners for app development and contact lens integration. Furthermore, we can’t help but imagine the seemingly endless regulatory hurdles that must be crossed first. Nevertheless, this is quite exciting!
Are you ready for such intimate wearable technology? Head over to the source link to learn more, and don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments below![Source: Official Google Blog | Via Vic Gundotra]
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