Today, Google told the world about their experimental contact lens. The story in the official Google blog and can be read here. It’s another part of the expansion of Google into health and wellness.
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 betweentwo layers of soft contact lens material. We’re testing prototypes that can generate a reading once per second. We’re also investigating the potential for this to serve as an early warning for the wearer, so we’re exploring integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed above or below certain thresholds. It’s still early days for this technology, but we’ve completedmultiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine our prototype. We hope this could someday lead to a new way for people with diabetes to manage their disease.
So now we have genomics, Calico, Google Glass and an experimental lens that can both measure tear content and provide a “warning signal” if measurements warrant it. It’s a big advance, similar to Google Glass and is a clear indication that digital health is here to stay and than a major player will be Google. It seems that Google’s modus operandi isn’t so much as to drive products to market, as a consumer goods company, but to push the bounds of thinking by developing and testing concepts that “change everything”.
It’s never been more clear that the “quantified self” is unfolding before us. And with the Google addition of NEST as part their “stable of innovations” it’s clear that that quantified self is becoming the quantified life!
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