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Google's next moonshot is a contact lens for diabetics

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Google's next moonshot is a contact lens for diabetics
When you see a story about Google and a contact lens, you may assume that the company wants to move beyond Google Glass. Of course, pretty quickly you'll remember that we are not really that close to having the technology that could offer a contact lens computer (where would the battery be?) But, it turns out that Google is working on a contact lens... for diabetics.

While the actual technology is interesting in this announcement, the first thing that we noticed is that the announcement is from Google and makes no mention at all of the health/biotech company that Larry Page recently announced, Calico. Calico has been tasked with fighting against human aging though, so maybe it does make sense.

The news is that Google is in the process of testing a contact lens which is designed to test the user's glucose levels in their tears once per second. Diabetes is a huge problem, especially in the U.S.; and, there are a wide range of complications that arise - including damage to the eyes, kidneys and heart - when glucose levels aren't monitored. The contact lens has "a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor", and Google is considering adding small LED lights to indicate when glucose levels cross a certain level. 

Google wants to be clear that everything is still in the testing phase, although it has begun talking to the FDA and it has been looking to find partners in bringing the product to market. 

source: Google via The Next Web

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posted on 16 Jan 2014, 19:55 7

1. PootisMan (Posts: 203; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Awesome. This is going to be a very useful tool in the future for diabetics that also wear contact lenses.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 20:54 1

2. lyndon420 (Posts: 1741; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Go go Google :-) They rock!!!!!

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 21:03 1

3. reckless562 (Posts: 772; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


for diabetics period, they could jus have one lens, Rx free, just for monitoring purposes

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 21:11 5

4. kryme (Posts: 141; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


and some ppl have the guts to say google is not innovative...

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 23:39 5

10. E.S.1 (Posts: 290; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Hey Apple can you hear this?... this is INNOVATION!!

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 21:05 1

13. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Nope!
The 5+ inch repackaged 5S will be real innovation

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 00:49 1

11. andynaija (Posts: 469; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


This will be really useful for people that have diabetes and it would be good for friends and family members that are not too knowledgeable of the physical effects of low/high blood sugar (eg. dizziness etc.).

Keep up the good work Google!

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 13:45

12. joseram695 (Posts: 45; Member since: 28 May 2012)


Wow that's cool

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 07:14

14. spo (Posts: 19; Member since: 25 Apr 2009)


Do ads pop up in the lens?

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