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It's a glucose monitoring contact lens that draws readings from tears

Calling all fellow diabetics: You may be able to give your poor, punctured fingers a rest, because Google is creating a new way to test blood sugar levels through tears from the eyes.
According to Google's Brian Otis and Babak Parviz -- the project's co-founders -- the tech giant is devising a way for diabetics to check their glucose levels by wearing a contact lens, which detects high and low blood sugar readings via tears.
Otis and Parviz said that the lens contains a tiny wireless chip and a mini glucose sensor, which sit between two layers of soft contact lens material. 
Here's some great news for those who can't find enough time in the day to prick their fingers and check: the new contact lens prototypes generate readings once per second.
In addition to readings, the lens could also warn its wearer of extremely high or low blood sugar levels with tiny LED lights that glow when thresholds have been crossed into the danger zone. 

Google's glucose monitoring contact lens [SOURCE: Google]

If levels fall too low, diabetics experience symptoms like shaking, sweating, blurred vision, confusion, and can even pass out. Uncontrolled blood sugar can result in damage to the eyes, kidneys and heart, meaning that diabetics must check their glucose levels often to make sure they're right in the comfortable middle of high and low. 
"It’s still early days for this technology, but we’ve completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine our prototype," said Otis and Parviz. "We hope this could someday lead to a new way for people with diabetes to manage their disease."
Google is talking with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about it, and is also looking to partner up with companies that can bring it to market. 
In other non-needle related news, the TED Blog recently posted seven ways scientists are moving beyond needles, including inhalable insulin.
Such devices like insulin inhalers and a glucose monitoring contact lens seem like moon shots, but they're great starts -- and great hopes for diabetics tired of the daily (and painful) grind. 

Source: Official Google Blog

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Don't Be Evil
By Reclaimer77 on 1/17/2014 4:54:45 PM , Rating: 0
Yeah nice slogan, idiots! OMG now they want to put ADS IN OUR EYEBALLS!!!!! By analyzing our tears they can tell what we like to drink, eat, smoke or not smoke. Even how often we have sex!! Then they can sell that data to ummm, people and stuff!!!

Google is so evil. I'm opting out taking my ball and going home!!! Whaaaaaaaaaaa!

RE: Don't Be Evil
By troysavary on 1/18/2014 7:51:11 AM , Rating: 1
Nobody made any even remotely disparaging remarks about this. It is actually pretty cool. You really need to relax. Google is big enough that they don't need you jumping out to defend them vs all their imaginary foes.

RE: Don't Be Evil
By Reclaimer77 on 1/18/2014 9:16:47 AM , Rating: 1
I'm surprised that got rated down. Comments like that usually get a 5 around here. I was just trying to fit in :(

RE: Don't Be Evil
By Reclaimer77 on 1/18/2014 9:19:38 AM , Rating: 2
*snaps fingers*

I know what happened, I forgot the obligatory NSA tie-in! Damnit :)

RE: Don't Be Evil
By troysavary on 1/18/2014 10:43:12 AM , Rating: 2
It got rated down because it was too over the top to not be recognised as trolling, maybe.

RE: Don't Be Evil
By BobsYourUncle on 1/18/2014 4:59:14 PM , Rating: 1
Aw heck, I'll shoot you a ;) just on general principle. Your follow up comments didn't present you as being a "Troll at Heart & to The Core" & your humble pass at a self deprecating pity party elicited my sympathies.

That, plus we all know that if anything like this were to pan out, well ... "All your health data are belongz to mine! "

P.S. - With full legal authorizations pursuant to 3rd party doctrine, we have, in fact, collected your comprehensive medical history. However, we promise not to read, review, or utilize these health records ( intentionally , any way :-\ ) until such time as your medical spending presents a threat to the financial stability of the U.S.A. - With Love - NSA

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