Google’s making “smart” medical contact lenses

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Google smart contact lenses
The lenses can autofocus like a camera!

It’s been a long time since Google broke free of its title as “the world’s most popular search engine” and proved itself as a leader in the world of science and technology. In fact, the tech giant is working on a bunch of cool projects like self-driving cars, floating robots, and human immortality (I’m serious, check it out). Now, Google has teamed up with the company Novartis to make smart medical contact lenses.

These lenses can act like super high-tech vision enhancers. Just like the lens of a sleek camera, the contacts will be able to autofocus on nearby objects – like the words in a book – and stay focused as the eyeball swivels about from word to word. The wearer can either use them as regular contacts and switch them out frequently, or undergo surgery to implant the tech directly into the eye like a cyborg.

Also, the contacts will come in handy for people suffering from diabetes – a condition marked by difficulty monitoring and maintaining levels of sugar in the blood. If a diabetic wants to know how much sugar is in their blood, they often have to prick their finger deep enough to draw blood, and then deposit the red liquid into a machine. Instead of using such barbaric methods, Google’s advanced contact lenses will come with sensors that detect sugar levels from an eye’s tears. It’ll then send the info wirelessly to a handheld device, so no needles will be necessary!

As cool as these contact lenses sound, Google and their new partner Novartis still have a ton of issues to work out before the eyewear gets greenlighted for human testing.

Images courtesy of Novartis.