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Google developing smart contact lens that will aid diabetics

The company is currently testing prototypes contact lenses that can measure glucose levels in tears.

A zoomed in image of Google's prototype contact lens.
A zoomed in image of Google's prototype contact lens.
Image: Google

AFTER WORKING ON developing driverless cars and Glass, Google has announced its latest wearable technology project: a smart contact lens that can keep track of glucose levels.

The company announced that it’s working on a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears.

The device uses a tiny wireless chip and miniaturised glucose sensor embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material.

Google say that it’s currently testing prototypes that can generate a reading once per second and whether it can give wearers an early warning when their glucose levels are dropping low.

The project is still a long way from completion, but it has completed a number of clinical research studies to help refine its prototype version.

Google is saying that it’s in discussions with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will look for partners to bring the technology to the market.

The project is part of Google X, a section of the company that is dedicated to projects dealing with future technologies. It’s been responsible for developing technologies such as Google Glass and driverless cars.

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