Innovation to watch out for: Smart Contact Lenses Managing Diabetes
Innovations and new inventions have been known to help advance healthcare. Not only are they very helpful in improving patient care, but they also are one source of amazement for healthcare professionals. Ever heard of having the chance to monitor your blood glucose levels through contact lenses? Cool, yes? So, here old folks is one invention to look out for. Introducing smart contact lenses.
Contact lenses that could monitor blood sugar, really?!
Google joins forces with Novartis to develop a smart contact lens to help patients manage diabetes. This partnership aims to generate a smart contact lens that contains a low power microchip and an almost invisible, hair-thin electronic circuit, which then can measure diabetics’ blood sugar levels directly from tear fluid on the surface of the eyeball.The antenna is thinner than a human hair and the sensor is the size of a piece of glitter. The system sends data to a mobile device to keep the individual informed.
According to Sergey Brin, Google co-founder, the company wanted to use “the latest technology in ‘minituarisation’ of electronics” in order to improve people’s “quality of life”.
While according to Joe Jimenez, Novartis chief executive, technology as a whole, starting with smart eyewear, could be used to “manage human diseases”, and indicated that diseases will be mapped in the body using a range of other devices in the future – many of which are in development across universities and research laboratories.
Not done yet
They are currently testing prototypes that can produce a reading once per second as well as investigating the potential for this to serve as an early warning for the wearer. In line with this, they are also discovering assimilating tiny LED lights that could light up to specify that glucose levels have crossed above or below certain thresholds.
According to google’s official blog, it’s still early days for this technology, but they have already completed numerous clinical research studies which are aiding them to improve our prototype.
Jimenez added that the combination of Google’s technology background and Novartis’ pharmaceutical knowledge would help meet “unmet medical needs”.
As of the moment, they plan to look for partners who are experts in bringing products like such to market. These said partners will utilize the technology for a smart contact lens and advance apps that would make the dimensions available to the wearer and their doctor.
Furthermore, the pharmaceutical firm is also looking into how to permit the contact lens technology to assess long sighted people’s vision and autofocus it on what they are looking at, just like working like an automatic camera lens when taking a picture. Such could help avoid the need for glasses when reading or looking at other nearby objects.