Go on, poke your eyes with Google's prototype smart contact lens

Forgive us if we feel a bit squeamish about attaching something to our eyeballs, let alone one with a wireless chip and sensor

Self-driving cars. Smart glasses that connect to your smartphones. Experiments straight out of the Google[x] garage have given us a glimpse into the future.

But a smart contact lens? Google has certainly outdone itself.

Announced on its blog, the device is essentially a wireless chip and downsized sensor embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. The sensor, which measures glucose levels through a user’s tears, is targeted at diabetics to keep their sugar level in check.

As squeamish as we are with all that eye poking, this development allows diabetics to skip those darn prickly blood tests. There’s also talks of embedding LEDs and other miniaturised sensors into the contact lens.

Potential health hazards aside, imagine a much more elegant version of Google Glass, attached straight onto your eyeballs. Hey, at least you won't look like a douchebag with these smart contact lens, compared to the obvious and in-your-face Glass.

[Source: Google via Ars Technica]

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