Google is working on a contact lens that could help diabetics. It’s still in the early stages. But the company hopes that the technology could someday help people manage diabetes better.
Diabetes is a huge and growing problem-affecting one in every 19 people on the planet, according to data from the International Diabetes Federation. People with diabetes have to know their glucose levels in order to regulate how much insulin they take as they eat throughout the day.
The ‘smart’ contact lens uses a wireless chip and a tiny sensor to measure glucose in tears. Google says it would be an alternative to having to jab your finger to do a blood test.
The lens project is just the latest from the company’s Google X unit, which works on risky technology that may or may not become commercially available like Google Glass and self driving cars.
The lens was developed over the last 18 months, and is just one of several medical devices researchers in the Google X lab are working to help diabetes patients.
Google says it’s been talking to the FDA about its smart lens. But it will likely be another five years before the product reaches consumers.
Google blog on lens project: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/introducing-our-smart-contact-lens.html