Posted 01/17/2014 at 8:41 AM
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The WHO have put forth a tally recently that a staggering amount of people, totaling 347 million worldwide have diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease when one’s body is not adept at effectively utilizing the insulin the pancreas produce or, conversely. when one’s pancreas cannot produce enough insulin.
Enter Google’s prototype: Using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor, a smart contact lens can monitor those afflicted with diabetes. Tear glucose is what is being measured.
The need to monitor blood by a pricking of the skin is still needed even in cases where the diabetic has a sensor embedded in the epidermis. The smart contact lens holds much promise in dispensing with this bothersome and archaic, though still — for many patients — necessary procedure.
Borne out of Google’s laboratory, known infamously as Google X is where the refinement process for the smart contact lens for diabetics is going on. LED indicator lights integrated into the structure to signal when glucose levels are below or above established thresholds, may serve as a key feature for the wearer of the lens as an early warning.
Getting the product to the masses: Toiling alongside experts, Google is adamant on a virtual marketing strategy, where the company and their partners “will use technology for a smart contact lens and develop apps that would make the measurements available to the wearer and their doctor.
Discussions between Google and the FDA are ongoing.