SMART CONTACT LENS page updated 5/16
Google recently announced that it is presently developing a smart contact lens that can detect glucose within the wearer’s tears and alert them of any changes. Clinical research studies being conducted by google are helping to refine their prototype lens. Still years away from commercial application it would appear to offer a novel approach to determining glucose levels without finger pricking, eliminating the need for strip testing which can be very expensive in the course of a year. Google’s current prototype contains a tiny wireless chip transmitter, a small glucose sensor, thousands of mini transistors and a hair thin antenna built into the lens to relay information regarding sugar levels. This research was first begun under a NSF grant received by the University of Washington several years ago.
Novartis has joined with Google in developing smart contact technology with application towards vision correction sometime in 2016. Little news released on progress in diabetes application research.