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GOOGLE SMART LENS – The future of Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems

Should a moist eye really bemoan? Not necessarily, when it is in contact with a smart companion. And, if that companion is Google’s smart contact lens, then it definitely adds a value to every tear drop you shed.

Diabetes is a prevalent global epidemic with the increasing annually at an alarming rate of 5%. According to the statistics provided by International Diabetes Federation, one in every 11 adults has Diabetes and one in every two adults with Diabetes is undiagnosed. With such alarming rates, the demand for Glucose Monitoring Systems is rising significantly.

The history of Glucose Monitoring Systems dates back to early 1960s, when there were complex machines which used a multiple sequence of steps in order to calculate the blood-glucose content, but could give only an approximate result. This was followed by the first ‘Ames’ meter, which then was revolutionary in using a strip, which on application of a blood droplet is supposed to match a color chart. Then came the era of easy-to-use home meters in early 1980s, which used the process of oxidation, where the blood is exposed to an enzyme, which gets oxidized on passing through an electrode and reads a current which is proportional to the amount of glucose oxidized. This method is still practiced. The advent of Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems (CGMS) led to a completely different approach in measuring blood-glucose levels where the levels are continuously tracked and monitored. They are not only featured to measure glucose in blood, but are also featured to measure glucose in interstitial fluid. Google’s Smart Lens is very much based on this feature of CGMS.

future of Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems
Future of Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems

Google leaves no stone unturned when it comes to innovation and technology. It doesn’t leave a wiggle room for compromise. It’s just a peek away from understanding any kind of market and catering their needs with its mind blowing innovations. Google’s smart contact lens is one of those ultimate innovations, where in, the contact lens is equipped with a miniature sensor and a miniscule radio antenna, which in contact with the wearer’s tears tracks his glucose levels. The reading would then be transmitted by the antenna to an external device where the glucose level can be monitored. This is very helpful for diabetic patients in helping them manage Diabetes by tracking their blood-glucose levels in real-time. Some of the other interesting features include scanning barcode, identity authentication, environment sensor, blood-alcohol and body temperature tracker and photodetectors. In July 2014, Google’s Verily in collaboration with the top drug maker Novartis, started this new venture. It is all set to hit the stores soon, with the human testing already in progress. Let the next tear you shed be smart and resourceful!

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Research Analysts at Market Data Forecast observed that the Diabetes Care Devices market is greatly driven by the rising number of diabetic patients and increasing pace of technological advancement. With the advancement in technology, the burden of Diabetes management on the patients themselves has significantly dropped. Due to this, all the top-notch health care firms started heavily investing in research and technology and are advancing in the market through introducing new product pipelines.

Check out Market Data Forecast research reports for in-depth analysis about the Diabetes Care Devices Market; A free research sample can also be availed. Stay tuned for trending news stories about the latest technologies and interesting Healthcare Market tit-bits.

Preethi Ramesh Narayan

A BITS-Pilani graduate, currently working as a Market Research Analyst at Market Data Forecast

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