Shoving a circuit board into your eye may seem rather nearsighted. However, a research team at Google believes that this sort of technology has the capacity to revolutionize diabetes treatment. They have designed contact lenses that house glucose-sensing circuitry. These contacts would continuously monitor a patient's glucose levels and alert them if abnormalities arise. Finger pricking would be a thing of the past!
This rather zany technology represents the increasing attention of major companies (Google, Sony, Medtronic, NIke) afforded to the new space of wearable devices. As wearable medical technology grows, it has the capability of radically transforming modern medicine. Patients will have detailed analyses of their health status available to them at any given moment in time!
The Google contacts are part of a series of product trial balloons attempting to determine what sort of devices people in the market are willing to wear.
The market for all wearable technology is expected to be at least US $6 billion by 2016, according to IMS Research. Health and medical applications will lead, with fitness and wellness and infotainment not far behind.