(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Google is looking to transform the way diabetics measure their glucose levels.
In a press release published Thursday, Google announced that they are testing a prototype of a contact lens in order to find a less invasive method of measuring glucose levels than finger pricking.
The lenses would measure the glucose in tears by using “miniaturized electronic” such as chips and sensors.
“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,” stated Google via press release.
The tech giant is also looking for ways to incorporate LED lights into the smart contacts so that it could light up when the wearers glucose levels go above or below certain levels.
“We’ve always said that we’d seek out projects that seem a bit speculative or strange, and at a time when the International Diabetes Federation (PDF) is declaring that the world is “losing the battle” against diabetes, we thought this project was worth a shot.”