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Gadget Alert: Google Developing "Smart" Contact Lenses

The new technology could help diabetics more easily track their glucose levels.

Tech company Google (you may have heard of it) isn't only stepping into glasses—it's stepping right into your eyes. Announced yesterday, Google has started to develop “smart” contact lenses—aimed at helping diabetic patients track their glucose levels.

"We wondered if miniaturized electronics—think chips and sensors so small they look like bits of glitter, and an antenna thinner than a human hair—might be a way to crack the mystery of tear glucose and measure it with greater accuracy," said the project's co-founders on Google’s official blog.

The prototypes for the lenses are capable of taking a glucose level sample every 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," the project leads explained.

Not only could this be a huge breakthrough in wearable tech, but it also serves a slightly more noble purpose than seeing your Facebook notifications as fast as possible. Google is in talks with the FDA regarding its approval of the lenses, and “plan[s] to look for partners who are experts in bringing products like this to market. These partners will use our technology for a smart contact lens and develop apps that would make the measurements available to the wearer and their doctor.”

We’re happy to see a company look beyond social media obsession and develop tech that could really have a positive effect.

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