"Okay Eye" - Google Contact Lens

Jan 17, 2014 • 8:14 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics
 

Google Contact LensYou thought a personal computer was cool, then a laptop was cool, then the smart phone, whoa, Google Glass. Scratch all that, how about contact lenses.

No more, Okay Google or Okay Glass. How about Okay Eye. ;-)

Google announced last night they are testing a new contact lens aimed at helping those with diabetes. This contact lens is "a smart contact lens that's built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material."

That is just the beginning - what can it do in the future? Google said they are testing this version to use "integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed above or below certain thresholds."

Yea, well, what about Google in your eye, not over your eye like Google Glass but in your eye.

It is not secret that Google's co-founder said they want computing implanted in one's brain. This is the first Google product that is actually inside a person (if you consider contact lenses inside).

Amazing - just amazing. Check out Techmeme for more coverage on this.

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Comments:

Alexander Hemedinger

01/17/2014 02:22 pm

"Google's co-founder said they want computing implanted in one's brain." - That is creepy....

James R. Halloran

01/17/2014 05:14 pm

Interesting! Even though I know it's for diabetes, it would be awesome if they eventually expanded their Google Glass enterprise to include contact versions. But this is a nice step forward into the tech health industry!

Smarty

01/17/2014 06:03 pm

if google will experiment on live humans... oh! they unable to fix search engine!

Smarty

01/17/2014 06:04 pm

robocop?

Amish Beard Guy

01/17/2014 07:27 pm

Considering they'd have to get FDA approval for this, I doubt we'll see this anytime before 2020. Not to mention the fact that blood has been shown to be far more accurate than other fluids. That said, I'm not surprised by this at all. T1D and T2D are huge growth markets and there's much more money to be made in long term management than a cure.

mavtrevor

02/07/2014 05:05 pm

I wont be surprised to see the Google Glass project reduced to a mere contact lens someday. Good innovation as this lens can help Diabetes patients keep an eye on their glucose level and take actions that can save their lives. And as for getting FDA approval, Google can have their way with things when they want to, remember they own the world.

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