Google's Smart Contact Lenses Are One Step Closer to Reality

By Tom Pritchard on at

The idea of a smart contact lens seems like something out of science fiction, yet Google has endeavoured to make them a reality. It even went as far as creating a health focussed Life Science team to build them, and licensed the tech to a Swiss pharmaceutical company. The good news is that the tech is no longer just a concept project that might never see the light of day.

Sergey Brin, Google co-founder and President of the newly founded Alphabet, has just announced that the Life Sciences team has graduated from Google's X lab and will become its own Alphabet-owned company under the eye of its CEO Andy Conrad.

The smart lenses have been designed for diabetic patients, monitoring their glucose levels and wirelessly transferring the data to a separate device. That would make life far easier for people with diabetes, through shrinking down all the tech so that it comfortably fits on the eye must be a serious challenge.

Of course the smart lenses aren't the only project Life Sciences is working on, even if it is definitely one of the most interesting. According to Brin the company will continue its work with other life science companies in order to move new technology beyond the initial R&D stages and into clinical testing.

There are a lot of changes going on at Google and Alphabet, and I can only assume that they're going to produce some great things in the near future. [TechRadar]