Google soon will release a Google’s smart contact lens that will measure glucose levels in diabetics by analysing their tears. According to sources the Google’s smart contact lens may available on the market before 2019.
In a recent patent application, Google showed off potential designs for how it could package a smart contact lens, suggesting the project could be further along than thought.
Last year, the company announced that it was working on a lens that would be able to measure a wearer’s glucose levels by analysing their tears. The lens could potentially remove the need for diabetics to prick their fingers and draw blood to check their blood-sugar levels.
Google has previously said that general availability of the contact lens is most likely at least five years away. However, for a project that is supposedly in the research phase, it seems an interesting step to apply for a patent on how to package the product for consumers, according to Quartz.
A representative for Google said that product releases can not be inferred from patent applications.Google Contact Lens is a smart contact lens project announced by Google on 16 January 2014. The project aims to assist people with diabetes by constantly measuring the glucose levels in their tears. The project is being carried out by the life sciences division of Google X and it is currently being tested using prototypes.
The lens consists of a wireless chip and a miniaturized glucose sensor. A tiny pinhole in the lens allows for tear fluid to seep into the sensor to measure blood sugar levels. Both of the sensors are embedded between two soft layers of lens material.
The electronics lie outside of both the pupil and the iris so there is no damage to the eye. There is a wireless antenna inside of the contact that is thinner than a human’s hair, which will act as a controller to communicate information to the wireless device. The antenna will gather, read, and analyze data. Power will be drawn from the device which will communicate data via the wireless technology RFID.