Google’s Smart Contact Lens
Google and its cofounders, Larry and Sergey, have been making a lot of exciting announcements of late. From a self-driving car to healthcare nanotechnology Google is seemingly trying to write the future. One of their most exciting projects is a smart contact lens for diabetics.
Although technology has come a long way for diabetics, there is still a long way to go. On January 16th of this year, Google announced their “smart contact lens”. The lens will be able to help people with diabetes by closely and consistently monitoring the glucose levels in their tears. The project is pretty advanced as well, they are already testing the lenses on prototypes.
The lens has two tiny devices inside the lens. The tiny wireless chip communicates with other devices so that the user can monitor their levels and there is also a miniature glucose sensor. Each of these devices is actually placed in between the contact lens material with just a small hole. The microscopic wireless chip is thinner than a human hair, but can still gather, read, and even analyze the data.
Many critics say wearable technology is the next huge market and all the big players are already jumping in. During their announcement, Google said they have been working on this project for a year and half and rumors are swirling of other wearable devices that will be announced from their life sciences division.
Google Life Sciences Division is part of an even larger arm of the Google organization – “Google X”. Google X is a formerly secret arm of Google that was made to create disruptive and innovative technologies. The first technology that worked on was the self-driving car. And if it sounds like these technologies come directly from the future, that is by design. The life sciences division includes investments in research for a drug molecule delivery mechanism, genotyping, and an analysis platform for DNA.