Contact Lenses will Get Smarter

Apr 23 2014, 1:58am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Contact Lenses to Take Pictures

Google is going to make its smart contact lenses even more smarter by adding a micro camera system in it with a blood glucose monitoring system.

Google has already introduced its smart contact lenses project. The management of blood sugar levels is a troublesome issue for the diabetic among us. There are even cases of people with diabetes veering off the road due to falling blood glucose. So Google thinks to invent a better method to measure blood sugar. 

One method that was foolproof was the measurement of blood glucose in tears. Since almost all the bodily fluids of diabetics have trace amounts of sugar in them, the usage of a pair of contact lenses to gauge the glucose levels would be appropriate. 

"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," said Google researcher Brian Otis in a statement.

The microchips and sensors as well as LEDs implanted within the thin material of the contact lenses will alert the wearer as to his or her blood glucose levels. The whole process of invention is underway and matters are being discussed with the FDA. This will be a seminal step in the struggle against the curse of diabetes. 

"We’re in discussions with the FDA, but there’s still a lot more work to do to turn this technology into a system that people can use. We’re not going to do this alone: we plan to look for partners who are experts in bringing products like this to market. These partners will use our technology for a smart contact lens and develop apps that would make the measurements available to the wearer and their doctor," said Brian.

And now Google is going to add a micro camera in its future smart contact lenses to take picture of anything by just looking at it. A new patent application has been filed by Google that shows the contact lens camera.

The patent also reveals that this micro contact lens camera will not only allow to take images but it will also help people struggling with their vision. And there are many more benefits of this smart contact camera.

Patent Bolt first revealed this patent. It states that ,"the new camera system could have many benefits to users and our report covers Google's initial ideas. One particular idea that Google conveys in their new patent pending invention will really open your eyes to the potential power of this new wearable computing device. For many, it could be a real life saver." 

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