NEW YORK | Google is going to make life easier for millions of sufferers of Type I diabetes with its new smart lens project that can monitor glycose.
The project was announced a few days ago on Google’s official blog and was developed at “Google X” secret laboratory, where other projects have also been developed, such as Google’s “self-driving car” and “Google Glass”.
Brian Otis and Babak Parviz, project co-founders, wrote οn the blog that they are now 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.
“We’re testing prototypes that can generate a reading once per second,” they said. “We’re also investigating the potential for this to serve as an early warning for the wearer, so we’re 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 Google’s scientists completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine their prototype.
“We hope this could someday lead to a new way for people with diabetes to manage their disease.”