Google scientists are in the process of creating a bit of miracle technology for diabetics that painlessly checks blood sugar through a contact lens.
The announcement came last Thursday on Google’s blog where project co-founders Brian Otis and Babak Parviz detailed their new invention:
At Google[x], 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.
The lens, according to the blog, is in the development phase, but Google is hoping to work with a smart lens company to develop the technology. Otis and Parviz said they are looking to work with other companies to create apps so the data is readily available to lens users. The ease of collection and instantaneous downloading of data would help many diabetics control their disease more precisely.
I am an insulin dependent (type 1) diabetic. I’ve lived with this disease for 36 years. The thought of not having to prick my fingers up to six times a day makes me jump for joy!
This device would be a painless way to continually test your blood all day. A more accurate look at how foods, exercises, or illness affect blood sugars can help avoid the serious complications possible with diabetes.
Many diabetics will say that drawing blood by pricking a finger is often Painful. Testing can be a time consuming part of the day. Every day I carry my insulin pump, glucose monitor, hand cleanser, glucose tablets, spare batteries, and assorted supplies. It’s easy to feel overloaded with all that stuff.
Technologies that lessen the “stuff” are always welcome! Combining the lens with an app on a smart phone, for example, would make data collection fast and incredibly easy. For diabetics with sight or mobility issues, this technology would be welcome relief from difficult tasks.
I encourage diabetics to look at the technology that is currently available for managing this chronic illness. There are a multitude of products to chose from and experts waiting to talk to you. Twitter and Facebook have communities sharing outreach programs, news, and the latest developments concerning diabetes. Call the American Diabetes Association or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for more information.
Please remember to always consult a physician or medical professional when making any health decisions.