Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Jan 2014 00:34 UTC

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.

I have no idea if these kinds of wearable technology - like Glass, and now this - are the future or not, but if they are, then Google is clearly quite, quite ahead of the curve.

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Not convinced
by ferrix on Fri 17th Jan 2014 23:06 UTC
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I'm not convinced replacing a prick on the finger with a poke in the eye is an improvement ;)

OK, so I'm one of those people doomed to wearing glasses because I couldn't cope with shoving pieces of plastic into my eyes and clearly I'm in a minority.

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RE: Not convinced
by Morgan on Sat 18th Jan 2014 00:22 in reply to "Not convinced"
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I don't understand why you're being downvoted; you raise a valid point. I know quite a few people who wear glasses instead of contacts because they are uncomfortable with the thought of something touching their eye.

Still, I think even diabetics with good eyesight will welcome a less painful way to monitor blood glucose levels. I know I hate the fact that I'm pricking my finger all day long; given my work environment it's becoming more and more of a nuisance, and on busy days I tend to forget to check when I should. I'm sure it's the same for most diabetics.

I was introduced to contacts at a very early age, and I started with rigid gas permeable lenses, which some consider the most uncomfortable of all. So, I'm eagerly awaiting the day I can pop some augmented lenses into my eyes.

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