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Google contact lenses against diabetes

Google contact lenses against diabetes
Romano Abraham

Google Announces contact lenses designed for the continuous monitoring of the level of sugar in the blood, at the service of those who suffer from diabetes.

A person on the planet every 19 suffers from diabetes. Google starts here in their considerations and come to a hypothetical solution : a contact lens that will facilitate the monitoring of blood sugar levels , taking advantage of the service user and what they offer today new technologies.
Contact lenses against diabetes

The idea has a great value for anyone who knows what the continuous and infinite torment of having to monitor every day, several times during the 24 hours, the sugar level reached. The damage can be severe indeed : How High levels of glucose may lead to fainting as well as permanent damage to various organs affected and potentially endangered . If up until now it has gone mainly to small samples of blood by which to measure directly the sugars in circulation ( with continuous perforation of the epidermis to the small samples required for analysis using appropriate tools and portable) , the suggestive hypothesis is that to arrive at a continuous monitoring and discrete , non-invasive and more effective.

Needless to say , in fact, that the traditional methods are often uncomfortable and too often act as a barrier , only to discourage the continuous monitoring of blood sugar levels . A contact lens , however, could change everything : comfortable, discreet , efficient . Once worn , would measure the values ​​to be monitored continuously (once per second) also acting as output for the reporting of the achievement levels of the guard. This signal could be done by means of a small LED ultra-low power , such a tiny light to be projected on the eye that only the person concerned may be alarmed to notice immediately about the evolving situation .

The research is still in progress and Google would still be in discussion with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval of such a method among those officially approved by the medicine. No time limit, at the moment : Google says it is working on a multitude of clinical and announced in the meantime the project hopes because in all likelihood to be able to bring to market in a relatively short time .

What Google is doing today within his team X Google seems to be , however, only an evolution of what the industry has seen in years. The same Babak Parviz , a co-signatory of the post announcement on the official Google blog , it also appears on the site where Microsoft Research in 2008 showed the same project : a pair of contact lenses function by which to measure the sugar level through the eye.

A person on the planet every 19 suffers from diabetes. Google starts here in their considerations and come to a hypothetical solution : a contact lens that will facilitate the monitoring of blood sugar levels , taking advantage of the service user and what they offer today new technologies.
Contact lenses against diabetes

The idea has a great value for anyone who knows what the continuous and infinite torment of having to monitor every day, several times during the 24 hours, the sugar level reached. The damage can be severe indeed : How High levels of glucose may lead to fainting as well as permanent damage to various organs affected and potentially endangered . If up until now it has gone mainly to small samples of blood by which to measure directly the sugars in circulation ( with continuous perforation of the epidermis to the small samples required for analysis using appropriate tools and portable) , the suggestive hypothesis is that to arrive at a continuous monitoring and discrete , non-invasive and more effective.

Needless to say , in fact, that the traditional methods are often uncomfortable and too often act as a barrier , only to discourage the continuous monitoring of blood sugar levels . A contact lens , however, could change everything : comfortable, discreet , efficient . Once worn , would measure the values ​​to be monitored continuously (once per second) also acting as output for the reporting of the achievement levels of the guard. This signal could be done by means of a small LED ultra-low power , such a tiny light to be projected on the eye that only the person concerned may be alarmed to notice immediately about the evolving situation .

The research is still in progress and Google would still be in discussion with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval of such a method among those officially approved by the medicine. No time limit, at the moment : Google says it is working on a multitude of clinical and announced in the meantime the project hopes because in all likelihood to be able to bring to market in a relatively short time .
Contact lens against diabetes , developed by Google X ( image: Recode ) .
What Google is doing today within his team X Google seems to be , however, only an evolution of what the industry has seen in years. The same Babak Parviz , a co-signatory of the post announcement on the official Google blog , it also appears on the site where Microsoft Research in 2008 showed the same project : a pair of contact lenses function by which to measure the sugar level through the eye.
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In that case, the project was more ambitious and looked in the direction in which they look today the Google Glass : natural interfaces and the merger between the real world and the virtual world to reach new types of interaction between the person and the surrounding reality.

The focus on diabetes , however, had been identified since 2008 as one of the goals more within reach : Microsoft then, as now Google has seen in functional contact lenses can be a solution to the problem by means of special circuits printed on the membrane to monitor, manage and report what they have learned from contact with the eye.
Contact Lenses: Now it’s up to Google

Compared to 2008, much has changed : the best technology , rapidly evolving and now also a new budget to draw from. The work begun by Babak Parviz Microsoft could now be finished in Google, finally reaching concrete results to bring to market . Because if with ads you can do little with contact lenses against diabetes could instead do a lot. And for many people .

Google in the project is carried out in collaboration with the University of Washington through the Otis responsible Brian . Quest’ultmo , head of the Wireless Sensing Lab , carries out a series of experiments for applications , in addition to the miniaturization of chips for contact lenses, also points to future wireless interfaces for smartphones, monitoring systems for the home environment and more.

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