We are truly on the cusp of big changes in digital health, aren’t we? Well if you thought the smart bra from Microsoft was a little far-fetched, just wait for this. Google revealed in a blog post that the company has been secretly testing smart contact lenses for diabetics.
Wow, I guess the future is really upon us, huh?
So how exactly does Google plan to create these “smart” contact lenses?
They have been using a wireless chip and miniature glucose sensor embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. Thus the lenses can measure glucose levels in tears. The prototypes generate a reading once per second.
As for what Google expects the positive implications to be: Google hopes the lenses will help diabetics take a proactive role in regulating their blood sugar without the need for a finger prick blood test. The company said, “there’s still a lot more work to do to turn this technology into a system that people can use.”
Apparently, in December, four Google executives met with the U.S. FDA and the results basically indicated that Google has some work to do on this product.
What do you think of these “smart” contact lenses?