Google's next moonshot is a contact lens for diabetics

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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13 Comments

1. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

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

3. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

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

4. kryme

Posts: 467; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

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

10. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

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

13. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

11. andynaija

Posts: 1243; Member since: Sep 08, 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!

12. joseram695

Posts: 79; Member since: May 28, 2012

Wow that's cool

14. spo

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 25, 2009

Do ads pop up in the lens?

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