We’re now testing 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. We’re testing prototypes that can generate a reading once per second. 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. It’s still early days for this technology, but we’ve completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine our prototype. We hope this could someday lead to a new way for people with diabetes to manage their disease.Google Working On Smart Contact Lens For Glucose Measurement To Help Diabetes Sufferers [googleblog.blogspot.com]
Explained by Techcrunch, Microsoft was working on this in 2011.
Other companies have long been working on smart lenses — including Microsoft Research, which unveiled a similar project in 2011 in collaboration with someone who now works for Google X.Smart Contact Lens Is Old News For Microsoft [techcrunch.com]
Excellent. Whilst the cynic in me tells me that they are doing this for profit and not for the good of humanity - sorry Google but we've learned the hard way not to assume the best in you - nevertheless this sort of use for their money can only be applauded.
As long as technology becomes available for those contact lenses to send imagery back to Google for profiling users, helping diabetics monitor their sugar will be a small price for Google to pay for that data. Anyway, Google is king at giving away stuff for free to get data (ie. Analytics, G+, Chrome, etc.). Unfortunately many people are eager to accept these free items without thinking how much of their privacy they are giving up.
As long as technology becomes available for those contact lenses to send imagery back to Google for profiling users, helping diabetics monitor their sugar will be a small price for Google to pay for that data
I confess I never thought of that angle - could Google be doing this to get access to people's medical histories? Or am I getting paranoid?