Novartis to develop Google smart contact lens for diabetics
Novartis and Google have teamed up for the delivery of the smart contact lens for measuring glucose levels in diabetics. The Google X project is now one step closer thanks to the partnership with the pharmaceutical giant.
The contact lens contains sensors that can detect the levels of glucose in the wearer from their tears. The sensors and computer chip are so small that the wearer will barely notice, however lights may be added to be used as warnings to the wearer.
Novartis CEO, Joseph Jimenez, said that he is looking forward to working with Google and bringing their technology expertise on-board:
This is a key step for us to go beyond the confines of traditional disease management, starting with the eye.
Google Co-Founder, Sergey Brin, also shared his excitement for working with Novartis, and discussed the future of what the product family may provide:
Our dream is to use the latest technology in the miniaturization of electronics to help improve the quality of life for millions of people.