This may sound familiar; a company is working on creating a smart contact lens that can continuously measure an individual’s glucose levels. No, it’s not Google. Medella Health in Kitchener, Ontario is also working towards the same goal. Founded by researchers from the University of Waterloo, they hope to bring a product to market.
The contact lens will contain sensors that will report data wirelessly to a smartphone or other portable device. The app will be able to provide warnings if levels go beyond pre-defined thresholds, and can relay the information to healthcare professionals.
The company is still years away from clinical trials, but they estimate that their design can be fabricated for as little as $25 per lens, which is about one-tenth of the estimates that Google has disclosed about the costs of their project.