Google announces partnership to produce 'smart' contact lenses for diabetics
Earlier this year, search giant Google announced its plan to develop "smart" contact lens technology that would have the ability to monitor blood sugar levels.
Recently, the Google team confirmed it has partnered with healthcare specialist Novartis to make the technology, which aims to improve eye care, help vision problems and manage diabetes.
According to USA Today, the contact lens would be able to replace glucose monitors for diabetics and reading glasses for people who are farsighted.
Goal is to 'improve the quality of life for millions'
According to Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez, the technology could help address long-standing unmet medical needs.
"It was very clear that there could be a very nice synergistic value between bringing high tech together with biology to solve some of the biggest health care issues that we're facing," Jimenez said.
Google researchers will be responsible for developing the small electronics needed for the lenses to collect data, while Novartis' eye care division, Alcon, will use its medical expertise to develop commercial versions of the lenses, Engadget reports.
"Our dream is to use the latest technology in the miniaturization of electronics to help improve the quality of life for millions of people," said Google co-founder Sergey Brin. "We are very excited to work with Novartis to make this dream come true."
Source: USA Today, Engadget