The latest humanitarian project by Google wants to help those with diabetes keep an eye on their glucose levels. To accomplish that, the search giant has developed a smart contact lens with a tiny wireless chip and glucose sensor.
Instead of pricking the skin with a needle to take a blood sample, the smart contact lens painlessly detects glucose levels in the eye fluids. It can give out around two readings every second and send the results wirelessly to an external monitoring device. Google wants to improve on the lenses by adding tiny LED lights, which can be used to alert wearers should their glucose levels surpass certain thresholds.
This isn’t a breakthrough in this particular field of medicine, though, given that Microsoft and other companies had similar projects in the past. Nevertheless, Google is looking for interested partners to mass produce its smart contact lens once it gets approved by the FDA.