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Google tests prototype of diabetes-tracking ''smart'' contact lens

Last Updated: Friday, January 17, 2014 - 07:12

San Francisco: Google Inc said on Thursday that it is testing a new method for diabetics to monitor their blood-sugar levels by wearing a contact lens equipped with tiny chips and an antenna.

Google said a prototype of its "smart contact lens" can generate a reading of a tear`s glucose level every second, potentially replacing the need for people with diabetes to prick their fingers and test drops of blood throughout the day.

"We`re in discussions with the FDA, but there`s still a lot more work to do to turn this technology into a system that people can use," Google said in a post on its official blog.

Google said it planned to find partners, "who are experts in bringing products like this to market."

The world`s largest Internet search engine, Google is developing a variety of new technologies outside its core business, including self-driving cars and balloons that beam wireless Internet to remote regions of the world.

Google has also become more focused on health-related issues, launching a separate company in September devoted to tackling diseases related to aging.

Reuters
First Published: Friday, January 17, 2014 - 07:12
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