It’s not April 1st. It’s still 2014. This isn’t a joke. Google just introduced a smart contact lens.
For now it’s only an Google[x] experiment, but the idea involves a contact lens with a small wireless chip and a sensor that can measure a diabetic’s glucose levels. For someone with diabetes, glucose levels require constant monitoring, usually by pricking the end of the finger and putting a drop of blood into a glucose measuring device. Google’s contact lens measures glucose via the tear fluid in a person’s eye. This means no more blood and no more picking fingers.
Google says they’re currently testing prototypes that can take a glucose reading once per second, and the eventual plan is to integrate an LED to notify the user that their glucose levels need tending to. One of the bylines on the blog post is Babak Parviz, a Google[x] employee who has given numerous talks about embedding LEDs and other sensors into a contact lens.
via Ars Technica http://ift.tt/1fDh1e6