Google X, the team working on the future at Google, has semi-revealed a new design called the smart contact lenses. This is a different idea from Google Glass, one focused on health, rather than social experience.
Currently, the Google X team are having trouble getting FDA approval, similar to the situation at 23andMe. The smart contact lenses tackle glucose levels and diabetes and may be able to show warnings when users exceed limits.
This is a more health focused move by Google X and one to benefit people with high blood sugar levels and diabetes, rather than people who want to message their friends through their eye.
The contact lenses are innately more useful than Google Glass at tracking user blood sugar and other things, but it is still an uphill battle for Google X and one we cannot see being released anytime soon.
After a huge presentation by Intel and many others at CES, showing how the home and every other appliance will become “smart”, including the fork, toothbrush, fridge and even a Smart Bowl, it is nice to see Google getting in on the game.
The technology is questionable – will people actually want to put on their smart contact lenses, just to track blood sugar levels and other health issues, possibly on a user interface displayed on their smartphone.
We are not sure on the exact details of how Google plan to make the contact lenses transparent and still have communication to another device, on top of the computation to actually find out blood sugar levels.
It is a big task, but Google X is the company working on elevators to the moon, self-driving cars and robots to handle everything in the future. This is where company’s like Boston Dynamics get their continued funding, to make the craziest ideas for the future.