The idea of augmented reality lenses is nothing new. We have known that researchers are working on them for a couple of years now. Google is planning to get involved. Google’s Smart Contact Lens could help folks who struggle with diabetes to keep their blood sugar levels under control:
We’re now testing a smart contact lens that’s built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. We’re testing prototypes that can generate a reading once per second. We’re also investigating the potential for this to serve as an early warning for the wearer, so we’re exploring integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed above or below certain thresholds.
It’s early in early stages but the future for smart lenses is bright. It will be fascinating to see where Google goes from here.