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1/20/2014 (1 year ago)

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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 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.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/20/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Contact lenses, diabetes, glucose levels, test


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - While Google may be currently best known for its interactive Glass specs, its new radical smart contact lens for diabetics has been recently unveiled. The lenses analyze the tears of users, warning them if their glucose levels are low.

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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Google is testing a prototype for a smart contact lens that we built to measure glucose in tears con

Google is testing a prototype for a smart contact lens that we built to measure glucose in tears continuously using a wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor.


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 chip includes a sensor, chip and antenna to let wearers know when their glucose levels are dange

The chip includes a sensor, chip and antenna to let wearers know when their glucose levels are dangerously low.


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.

The firm is already in discussion with the FDA over the project.

The firm is already in discussion with the FDA over the project.


"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.

The process starts with a tiny chip, which is then mounted on a ring with the antenna and sensor, an

The process starts with a tiny chip, which is then mounted on a ring with the antenna and sensor, and finally mounted onto the lens.


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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