Google is now working to develop smart contact lenses for diabetics to let them measure their glucose level with tiny wireless chips and glucose sensors in between two lenses.
Google is working on this secret project of launching Smart Contact Lenses at its Google[x] research lab that will help diabetes patients to monitor and keep track of their glucose levels by using their tears. Google says it is currently testing prototypes of this smart contact lens that use a tiny wireless chip and a miniaturized glucose sensor. Google also says that it is working with the US Food and Drug Administration and has done multiple clinical research studies to bring the ides of smart contact lens to life.
Google wrote in a blog post – “We’re 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. 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.”
Sensor in Google’s smart contact lens can take about one reading per second and they are so small just looks like a bit of glitter. Google says it will be at least five years before the glucose monitoring smart contact lenses reach its customers.
Google is hoping that it would be the best, convenient and less painful way for many diabetics to check their glucose level and to get an early sign of warning if their glucose level drops.