Google Glucose Contact
I think one of the greatest contributions from the so called “tech-bubble” is the creative technology being developed by the tech giants. Here is one amazing thing.
“We hope a tiny, super sensitive glucose sensor embedded in a contact lens could be the first step in showing how to measure glucose through tears, which in the past has only been theoretically possible.”
The chip and sensor would be embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material, while a pinhole in the lens would allow fluid from the surface of the eye to seep into the sensor.
This can save so much efforts of monitoring diabetes. We won’t need any more finger pricking, or difficult devices to monitor blood levels. Rather, we can get this completely connected to our phones and always be aware of whats going on!
I really hope this is a thing that gets on the market. (Google confirms it’s a real project, at least.) It will save so many lives. Because it’s not just about “fingersticks suck”; it’s about “fingersticks suck so much a lot of people don’t do them and just guess how much insulin they need,” and they end up sustaining long-term damage from poorly controlled blood sugar.
And it’s one of those things in healthcare that cross-applies to a lot of life—the success rate on telling people “well, just don’t do that” is near nil. They’re doing it for a reason and whether you think that reason is good or not, you don’t address it if you just say “you know how you don’t do your fingersticks? well, do them.”
Whereas if you give them new tools, ones that actually meet the needs they’re expressing and not just the ones you think they should have—that’s how you actually get change.