News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
APC Free White Paper
Optimize your network investment &
Enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note
Personal Tech
Fiercely productive scanners
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Google's Making 'Smart' Contacts for Diabetics

By Adam Dickter
January 17, 2014 11:25AM

    Bookmark and Share
These 'smart' contact lenses are just the next step in treating an illness called diabetes. And it sure looks like Google wants to be a big player in that medical and healthcare space. That's exciting because Google transforms every industry it touches. And now with its smart contacts, Google looks like it wants to transform healthcare going forward now, too.

With Google Glass already a reality, perhaps it was only a matter of time before the next logical leap: smart contact lenses.

But the as-yet unnamed lenses being developed in the top-secret Google X laboratory aren't intended to show you restaurant deals, videos or directions to the nearest bowling alley. The lenses are designed with the more serious purpose of helping detect and prevent diabetes.

Bloodless Testing

Using a tiny wireless chip working with a miniaturized glucose sensor embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material, the prototype can generate the wearer's glucose reading from tears an astonishingly fast once per second, a much better testing method than pricking a finger.

"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," wrote project co-founders Brian Otis and Babak Parviz, on Google's official blog Friday.

The pair noted that diabetes, which affects one in every 19 people on the planet, leaves many struggling to manage the disease as they juggle blood sugar testing with their daily routines. "Uncontrolled blood sugar puts people at risk for a range of dangerous complications, some short-term and others longer term, including damage to the eyes, kidneys and heart," they said.

The technology must be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is still in its early planning stages with no time frame for release to the public. But the researchers said multiple clinical trials have helped refine the prototype.

The announcement comes just days after Google announced it was purchasing Nest Labs, which makes smart thermostats and smoke alarms, indicating that the hugely profitable company is branching out in many different directions. 'Wow' Factor

Technology analyst Jeff Kagan told us that Google has an entire division that focuses on this kind of innovation. "Not all of them come to the market, but they are all very high on the wow factor," he said

Kagan said we may not yet be living in the era of "Six Million Dollar Man" cyborgs, but things we never dreamed possible when that show ran on ABC in the 1970s are now being realized.

"We actually have cyborgs running around mixing in with a population every day and it's no big deal today," Kagan said. "We have seen artificial arms and legs, artificial hearts and lungs and all sorts of wonderful innovation. This is just the next step in treating an illness called diabetes. And it sure looks like Google wants to be a big player in that medical and healthcare space."

Particularly exciting, he said, because "Google transforms every industry it touches. And it looks like they want to transform healthcare going forward now, too."

Tell Us What You Think


APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.

 Personal Tech
1.   Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
2.   Why Netflix Got So Blazingly Fast
3.   Study: Samsung Phone vs. iPhone
4.   Criterion Extends Hulu Streaming Deal
5.   iPad Hacker Conviction Overturned

BlackBerry Drops T-Mobile After Spat
Moving on to other carriers after snub.
Average Rating:
Android Wear on Tap for Wearables
OK Google, what's really new here?
Average Rating:
Is Zuckerberg Nuts To Buy Oculus VR?
$2 billion deal for unproven company.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
IBM Offers Security, Disaster Recovery as SoftLayer Service
New disaster recovery and security services for SoftLayer clients are being added by IBM. Big Blue said the new capabilities will speed cloud adoption by alleviating concern over business continuity.
How To Beat the Heartbleed Bug
Heartbleed headlines continue as IT admins scramble for answers no one has. Early reports of stolen personal data, including 900 social insurance numbers in Canada, are starting to trickle in.
After Heartbleed, OpenSSL Calls for More Support
The president of the OpenSSL Foundation says more support is needed from companies and governments that use its software so that it can better spot and fix flawed pieces of code such as Heartbleed.

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly set to launch a smartphone after years of development. Photos of the phone, which may feature a unique 3D interface, were leaked by tech pub BGR.
Zebra Tech Buys Motorola Enterprise for $3.45B
Weeks after Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility’s assets from Google for $2.91 billion, Zebra Technologies is throwing down $3.45 billion for Motorola’s Enterprise business in an all-cash deal.
CTIA Caves, Volunteers Kill Switch Plan
After bucking against the concept of a smartphone kill switch, the CTIA just announced the “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment” to thwart smartphone thefts in the U.S.

NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.