New contact lens will monitor glucose levels of diabetics
Perfected in secretive Google X lab, light will warn users of low levels
The most common way diabetics can check their sugar levels and glucose levels is with a various gadgets that take miniature blood samples. No matter how high-tech, these gadgets all involve pain and the use of pathogens. Now, thanks to the folks at Google X labs, a new high-tech contact lens will be able to automatically check glucose levels.
The smart contact lens can measure glucose levels in tears by using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material.
The Internet search engine giant says it hopes to develop other apps for the smart contact lens, which could one day even show wearer\'s other types of information and include tiny screens.
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A prototype for the new smart contact lens to measure glucose in tears using a wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor are currently in the testing stages.
How does it work? The smart contact lens can measure glucose levels in tears by using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. A reading is generated once per second.
The lenses are also being investigated to see that if this can serve as an early warning for the wearer, integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed above or below certain thresholds.
"You've probably heard that diabetes is a huge and growing problem-affecting one in every 19 people on the planet," Google said in a blog post.
"But you may not be familiar with the daily struggle that many people with diabetes face as they try to keep their blood sugar levels under control.
"Uncontrolled blood sugar puts people at risk for a range of dangerous complications, some short-term and others longer term, including damage to the eyes, kidneys and heart.
According to the project\'s co-founders, Brian Otis and Babak Parviz, they hope the technology could eventually become commonplace.
"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," they said.
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