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The latest project from Google X is a smart contact lens, a tiny flexible computer capable of monitoring glucose levels in tears. Researchers at Google are hopeful that one day this technology might be used to help diabetes patients better control their disease.
This device is powered by harvesting radio waves from the air. A minute capacitor harvests RF power and creates a little bit of static electric charge on the chip. The chip itself uses just one microwatt of power to operate. That's one one-millionth of the amount of power required by your phone.
"I can say we have functional prototypes," said Brian Otis, the project Lead at Google X. "We have integrated circuits that have been miniaturized to the point where they look like a piece of glitter integrated inside the soft contact lens material."
reply to post by Indigent
Great idea that "can" save lives. But I just don't see the practicality of it. Lancing is pain free and takes about 30 seconds, why would you spend a couple grand on contacts that save you 30 seconds of time?
reply to post by TheLotLizard
Lancing is pain free and takes about 30 seconds, why would you spend a couple grand on contacts that save you 30 seconds of time?
And how am derailing your thread I was completely on topic as I was talking about the contact lenses only. I was giving you my honest opinion about how i felt about them.
I don't trust any products google comes out with. As 90% of them collect data that is then stored for their convenience.
My guess is they will soon also start sneaking in cameras into those contact lenses. Using the static energy it uses from radio waves , it will then broadcast radio waves into your phone allowing them to know where you are, what your doing, what your looking at , who you are talking with. Then cross referencing that data into facial recognition software, they could then locate suspected criminals who like to fly under the radar. Also these lenses could also be furbished into speakers.
Using the small air pocket between your eye and the lens as a buffer to receive movement then transferred into radio waves again sneakily into your phone allowing them to not only see what your are doing but also hear what you are doing.
reply to post by 3u40r15m
its a contact lense, nothing else, the metallic parts dont touch you as they are inside the flexible polymer
reply to post by Indigent
I'm saying why can't they make something besides contacts? Why can't it be a watch that monitors your levels real time? Contacts don't last forever and you will need to buy new ones, which aren't going to be cheap. A watch would be a device that will last for years using little maintenance ,easily removeable, and cheaper in the long run.
It always starts as a 'great idea' designed to help. Next thing you know, they're using it against us.