Google X project – a smart contact lens that can measure glucose levels
Back in January we highlighted this Google X project – a smart contact lens that can measure glucose levels.
At the time we said the originators were looking for partners to help bring it to market, and it seems the Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company Novartis are getting involved…
Apparently, Novartis has licensed the system, which will be developed into a commercial product by its subsidiary Alcon.
The lens uses a very small wireless chip and a miniaturized sensor that can detect glucose. The chip and sensor are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material.
Brian Otis and Babak Parviz, both from Google, were the people behind the smart contact lens project.
They said at the time:
[Via The Verge]
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. It’s still early days for this technology, but we’ve completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine our prototype. We hope this could someday lead to a new way for people with diabetes to manage their disease.