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Google contacts would allow diabetes sufferers to monitor blood sugar through lenses
In the not too distant future Google hopes it can help you manage your email — and diabetes — if necessary. Stranger yet, the tech giant wants to do so with contact lenses embedded with microchips.
Google is teaming up with the Food and Drug Administration to create the wearable technology, which would allow users to monitor their blood sugar levels by using LED lights built into their contacts. The electronics within the product would look like “bits of glitter” to observers.
“It’s still early days for this technology, but we’ve completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine our prototype,” project co-founders Brian Otis and Babak Parviz wrote for Google’s official blog. “We hope this could someday lead to a new way for people with diabetes to manage their disease.”
If Google is successful, millions of Americans who suffer from diabetes will not have to prick their fingers to test blood glucose levels. Roughly 26 million citizens in the U.S. suffer from the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
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