Google Glass is one highly innovative piece of technology. Not everybody has access to it yet, but still, we might already be seeing a potential successor to it, but, more focused in terms of the user?s health. That is Google?s Smart Contact Lens. As if bringing the technology near your eye is not enough, Google is putting it ON your eyes.
They?ve already revealed their plans for this way back in January this year, but they just recently found a formidable partner to work with in order for them to make this a reality. The search engine giant confirmed last Tuesday that Novartis, a pretty well-known pharmaceutical company, will lend their hands on the development of the smart contact lens. This is to improve the safety of the lens and to prevent unwanted side-effects and certain infections.
“We are looking forward to working with Google to bring together their advanced technology and our extensive knowledge of biology to meet unmet medical needs,” Novartis CEO Joseph stated. “This is a key step for us to go beyond the confines of traditional disease management, starting with the eye.”
The lenses are being developed by a partially-secret group of Google developers known as Google X team. They contain a tiny wireless chip and sensors that will gauge levels of glucose in tears. This would be a vital procedure in determining the blood sugar levels of diabetic people.
Aside from providing a minimally invasive measurement of the body?s glucose levels for diabetics, the smart contact lens can also help people with vision problems like presbyopia.
“Our dream is to use the latest technology in the miniaturization of electronics to help improve the quality of life for millions of people. We are very excited to work with Novartis to make this dream come true.” Google co-founder Sergey Brin said in his statement.