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Google’s Smart Lens

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 20:46  by Jessica W.

Technology is ever-evolving yet never ceases to amaze. In January, Google revealed technology it is working on that would enable diabetics to monitor their glucose levels via contact lenses.

The smart lens is embedded with a tiny sensor and chips the size of a piece of glitter. The sensor detects glucose levels in tears, and the chip receives this information and relays feedback to the wearer. The sensor takes one reading per second and will possibly warn users about blood glucose issues via tiny lights.

This technological breakthrough is a way of integrating mindfulness of our health in a no-fuss way.

On one hand, the device creates an awareness of our health that has not been possible before, complete with second-by-second feedback that only communicates with us when we need it. On the other hand, the lens could be considered invasive; it is always on our person, and seems like the first step to technology actually becoming a part of us.

New technologies have furthered our understanding of our own health. A comprehensive understanding of body wellness is essential to mental health. Keeping up with nutrition needs, sleep hygiene and the effect of our habits on mental health is essential to recovery.

What do you think of the lens? Do you think it is a beneficial step forward in health care, or an omen of things to come?

Perhaps other helpful ideas will emerge from this type of technology. Or, perhaps the internet will come straight to our eyeballs, next.

Last modified on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 20:54

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