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Google Contact Lens

According to a Google press release distributed Thursday, the company said that the lens is designed to help diabetics and is designed to continuously measure the glucose level in tears via a wireless chip and miniaturized sensor.  The latest step in wearable technology.



The contact lenses were developed at the secret "Google [x] lab" that also works on driverless cars, Google Glass augmented reality eyeglasses and Project Loon, a network of large balloons designed to beam the Internet to unwired places.


“We wondered if miniaturized electronics — think chips and sensors so small they look like bits of glitter, and an antenna thinner than a human hair — might be a way to crack the mystery of tear glucose and measure it with greater accuracy,” Google said in its press release.
“We hope a tiny, super sensitive glucose sensor embedded in a contact lens could be the first step in showing how to measure glucose through tears, which in the past has only been theoretically possible.”
The chip and sensor would be embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material, while a pinhole in the lens would allow fluid from the surface of the eye to seep into the sensor. 
Will this lead to a contact lens version of Google Glass, further developments in miniature medical technology, augmented reality, sensors embedded into pacemakers, transplants, muscle tissue, cellular sensors?  A small step for man, a giant leap toward "Fantastic Voyage."
Imagine What's Next.
David J. Katz
January 17, 2014


Google Press Release

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