It’s a bit ironic that a search giant like Google goes onto make hardware that is groundbreaking and innovative. First came the Google Glass and now here we have smart contact lens that the guys over at the Google[x] team developed.
Unlike Glass that is yet to find a proper use case (except for leveling up your geek credit), smart contact lens could prove really useful for diabetics.
Since bodily fluids like tears can be used to track glucose levels, the smart contact lens embeds a wireless chip, miniature glucose sensor between the two layers of soft contact lens material. The prototype can generate reading once per second and wirelessly transmit to an app that can be used for further analysis. Moreover, there’s also a possibility of integrating an LED light that could light up to indicate if the wearer’s glucose level is above or below recommended thresholds.
This is definitely innovative but will need some time before it is available to the consumers, Google reckons. They’re working with the FDA and are even looking for partners to bring this to the market.