After making balloons beam wireless internet and making glasses a smart wearable, Google has shifted its focus on “smart” contact lenses for diabetics. Google is soon going to launch Smart Contact Lenses which will help you monitor your body’s glucose level. These Smart Contact Lenses are designed and developed by Google X Labs and are currently in testing stage.
According to Google’s official blog by Brian Otis and Babak Parviz, they are currently 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. The miniaturized glucose sensors are so small that they have been described as ‘Bits Of Glitter’, also these sensors are believed to be thinner than the human hair! Mr Otis and Mr Parviz have completed their graduation in Electrical Engineering from University of Washington. Mr Parviz last led the project of launching Google Glasses while Mr Otis holds a patent on a wireless contact-lens bio-sensors.
These lenses will be a boon for people suffering for diabetes as these hi-tech lenses will continuously monitor you blood sugar level. Currently these smart contact lenses are capable of giving one reading per second. Possibilities of installing miniature LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are also being explored, these LEDs will glow when your blood sugar level crosses a certain threshold.