Friday, January 17, 2014

Chip on the eye measures tear fluid: Google develops smart contact lens for ... - ABC Online

Google is working on an electronic contact lens for people with diabetes, the blood glucose levels measured and can alert the user when there are fluctuations. The Internet company presented the project, which is still at an early stage, before the night of Friday. The developers from the research laboratory Google X test, according to a blog entry prototype of a contact lens, wherein a sensor and a miniature radio chip are integrated between two layers.

The lens measure the glucose levels in the tear fluid every second. The prototype has been tested in several clinical research studies. The contact lens should spark the data to an accompanying smartphone app. Chip and sensor are as tiny as Glitter particles and the antenna thinner than a human hair. He will also be considered to include warning signs for micro LEDs directly into the lens, it said.

There was still a lot of work to do until the contact lens on the market of a finished product, the developers were limiting. Google wanted to search for it in the area experienced partner who would get access to the technology. Working on the project with the researcher Babak Parviz responsible, who was already at the beginnings of data glasses Google Glass. He had demonstrated as early as 2009, as can be fitted contact lenses with LEDs.

at Google X research scientist for technologies for the future. In addition to Google Glass comes out of the lab, for example, a project for internet access in remote regions with large balloons. The Group was committed to the area, among other things, the former head of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA, Regina Dugan. Also on self-driving cars researching Google for years and launched a large-scale robot project last year.

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