Google’s Smart Contact Lens- Everything you need to Know

Google Contact Lens is a smart contact lens project announced first by Google on 16 January 2014. The project aims to assist people with diabetes by regularly measuring the glucose levels in their tears. This project is now a reality.

Google’s First blog on Contact Lens read-
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. 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.
Few people then looked over it with a raised eyebrow, but there was a large group that believed that Working with insanely ambitious, smart dreamers is what makes Google so special.

The contact lens project was one of Google's "moonshot" projects, leaving little certainty that it would ever move from concept to reality. Then healthcare company Novartis stepped in to licence the technology so it could one day be commercialized, and the ball really got rolling.

Early this year there was news that they have been granted a patent for a contact lens with an embedded chip.  However Google denied reporting about any such patent.

Now, as announced by Alphabet President and Google co-founder Sergey Brin, that project will be graduating from the Google X lab along with the Life Sciences team, with Andy Conrad as CEO.

"They'll continue to work with other life sciences companies to move new technologies from early stages R&D to clinical testing - and, hopefully - transform the way we detect, prevent, and manage diseases," said Brin.
"This is the type of company we hope will thrive as part of Alphabet and I can't wait to see what they do next".

If you've ever known anyone with diabetes, you know how hard it is to keep their glucose levels normal. We soon hope to see the commercial version of this smart lens that will be replacing the traditional method of measuring glucose.

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