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Google Strikes Smart Contact Lens deal to track Diabetes and Cure Farsightedness

Google Strikes Smart Contact Lens deal to track Diabetes and Cure Farsightedness | Music, Videos, Colours, Natural Health | Scoop.it

With Glass and Android Wear, Google has already invested a lot of time and resources into developing the next-generation of wearables, but it's another of its eye-focused projects that has today received its first major boost. The search giant's secret Google[x] team has confirmed that it's licensed its smart eyewear to healthcare specialist Novartis, which will develop the technology into a product that can improve eye care and help manage diseases and conditions.

 

As part of the agreement, Google[x] and Novartis' eye care division Alcon will create smart lenses that feature "non-invasive sensors, microchips and other miniaturized electronics" and focus on two main areas. The first will provide a way for diabetic patients to keep on top of their glucose levels by measuring the sugar levels in their tear fluid, feeding the data back to a smartphone or tablet. The second solution aims to help restore the eye's natural focus on near objects, restoring clear vision to those who are only farsighted (presbyopia).

 

Google's role will be to develop the tiny electronics needed to collect data and will also take care of the low-power chip designs and fabrication. Alcon, on the other hand, will apply its medical knowledge to develop commercial versions of the smart contact lens. "Our dream is to use the latest technology in the miniaturization of electronics to help improve the quality of life for millions of people," says Google co-founder Sergey Brin. "We are very excited to work with Novartis to make this dream come true."


Via TechinBiz, Farid Mheir, Sílvia Dias, Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Pier Bécotte's curator insight, July 16, 2014 9:31 AM

Google frappe intelligente lentilles de contact accord pour suivre le diabète et fixer l'hypermétropie

Farid Mheir's curator insight, July 17, 2014 1:44 PM

Strangely I never wrote about this but it certainly is worth a mention because Google has now made very strong moves towards "atoms and not bits" as Sergei Brin put it a few days ago, stating that Google has invested in search (bits) for a long time and is now complementing its focus to physical devices (atoms) such as the self driving car or here the contact lens.


This story is of particular importance as it shows that Google is not in the business of making contact lenses (or cars) but providing the R&D to disrupt industries that are not making the radical shifts they can by using digital technology.


Also consider:.

[INFOGRAPHIC] The Existing Wearable Technology Landscape via @WearableWorld http://sco.lt/7pTHPN

IV Technology's curator insight, July 18, 2014 11:18 AM

siguiente paso es hacer diagnosticos con scaner y que se prenda una luz roja para que vayamos al servicio.... Hospital

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How to Clean Up the Bird's Nest of Cables Behind Your TV

How to Clean Up the Bird's Nest of Cables Behind Your TV | Music, Videos, Colours, Natural Health | Scoop.it
If the front of your entertainment system looks sharp but the back is a mess of cables, wires, and ports that are all full, you're not alone.

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Google Unveils Smart Contact Lens That Lets Diabetics Measure Their Glucose Levels

Google Unveils Smart Contact Lens That Lets Diabetics Measure Their Glucose Levels | Music, Videos, Colours, Natural Health | Scoop.it
This isn't Google Glass in a contact lens, but it may just be Google's first step in this direction. The company's Google X lab just teased a smart contact..

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