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Google Creates Blood Glucose Contact Lenses for Diabetics

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A revolutionary new technology may soon change life for over 350 million diabetics worldwide.  Google X Research Labs have released information on their new technology, Smart Contact Lenses, that will the help of triggering electrodes, can measure blood glucose levels of diabetics.

[adsense]This technology requires no pricking of the skin and constant testing, which would relieve diabetics of a major burden.

Google states the sensors in the lens have a futuristic glimmer effect, stating the sensors are “‘so small they look like bits of glitter” and the size is “‘thinner than a human hair'”.

Brian Otis and Babak Parvis, co-developers of the project, wrote of the technology on their blog, “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 generated a reading once per second.”

While the technology is promising, it still must pass FDA regulations and a testing phase.  Google is also looking for ways to alert wearers that their blood glucose levels may be off.  One idea is to install small LED leads on the devices, so a person’s eyes would glow to indicate their sugar is off.  Any SG-1, Goa-uld reference makes a technology instantly better.