First Google Glass – Now Smart Contact Lenses

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More news on medical monitoring using technology.  Google[x], a team within Google, today announced it has licensed it’s “smart lens” technology to Alcon (Novartis).

On January 16 of this year, Google introduced it’s Smart Contact Lens Project in a blog post noting they were in the “early days of this technology” and “in discussions with the FDA.”

Now Novartis is ready to develop the technology into actual products. From the press release on the Novartis website:  “The smart lens technology involves non-invasive sensors, microchips and other miniaturized electronics which are embedded within contact lenses.”

Novartis is looking to use the technology to help “diabetic patients manage their disease by providing a continuous, minimally invasive measurement of the body’s glucose levels via a “smart contact lens” which is designed to measure tear fluid in the eye and connects wirelessly with a mobile device.”

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