TechHive: Googly eyes: Smart contact lens would test glucose in diabetics' tears

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thumbnail Googly eyes: Smart contact lens would test glucose in diabetics' tears
Jan 17th 2014, 01:19, by Amber Bouman

Google started giving back today with an announcement on its official blog that it has begun testing on a smart contact lens. Yeah, you read that right: a smart contact lens.

And while that might initially seem like a mad scientist's side project, it's actually incredibly cool: The smart contact lens is designed to assist diabetes patients by measuring glucose levels in their tears, using a mini glucose sensor, and transmitting that data to a phone via a tiny wireless chip.

Both the chip and the sensor are embedded between two layers of soft lens material, and the prototypes can generate a reading once per second.

While clinical research studies have already been completed, Google is still in discussions with the FDA, and the company is also looking for partners to help bring the lens to market. Google is additionally seeking partners who can help leverage the technology to develop apps that would make glucose levels available to both patients and their doctors.

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