Saturday, January 18, 2014

Google to Produce Bloodless Glucose Meter, but is it Reasonable?

My opinion:  Though I think this idea is cool and exciting, I'm not sure it will actually be that popular.  Let's think about the kind of people who have diabetes.  They are very often the elderly.  Unfortunately, I don't believe very many old people wear contacts, making it difficult for this product to reach them.  Maybe it would be better if people could somehow take a tear or extract drop of liquid from their eyes and put it into a machine.  What's more, I can see this type of technology being replaced by something more efficient.  If we are supposed to have tiny robots traveling through are bodies to destroy cancer in the next couple decades, these machines will probably also detect blood glucose levels.  What's your opinion?  Feel free to comment.

Two great big hurdles for Google’s glucose-reading contact lenses: Accuracy, cost
January 17, 2014 4:30 pm by Deanna Pogorelc

If anyone can do it, Google can – right?
Not everyone is so convinced when it comes to the contact lenses Google X just announced it’s developing for people with diabetes. Mixed in with a lot of excitement around the cool technology behind the lenses is some reservation that it’s just too early to tell whether Google is any more likely than others to succeed.
In the quest for a bloodless glucose meter, the diabetes community has seen one promising company after another fail to deliver a product to the market. Google has tech chops, but Amy Tenderich of DiabetesMine underscored the importance of scientific accuracy – not just ballpark numbers – in a usable glucose meter.

For a blog post yesterday, she talked to Brian Otis, the project’s co-founder, who said the team realized that accuracy is the biggest challenge. The good news is, Google isn’t trying to do all of the science and commercialization by itself. The project founders said in a blog post they’re in discussions with the FDA and are planning to look for partners.
The vision is to embed a wireless chip and a miniaturized glucose sensor between two layers of soft contact lens material with a pinhole that would let tears seep into the sensor. It would take a reading every second and transmit it to a mobile device or a separate device specifically tied to the lenses.

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