Google has signed a deal to begin work on creating an intelligent contact lens which can monitor glucose levels in diabetics and sync data with a smartphone.
The deal will see Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis partner with Google to take the smart contact lenses from dream to reality.
First announced in January as a concept by Google X, the company’s underground skunkworks which is also credited with Google Glass, the contact lenses will monitor glucose levels in tear fluid. The sensor’s findings are then synced wirelessly to the wearer’s smartphone for further analysis.
The lens could also be used to help improve poor eyesight and even work to counteract the effects of cataracts, Novartis said in a statement.
“We are looking forward to working with Google to bring together their advanced technology and our extensive knowledge of biology to meet unmet medical needs,” said Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez. “This is a key step for us to go beyond the confines of traditional disease management, starting with the eye.”
“Our dream is to use the latest technology in the miniaturisation 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."