New Contacts Lenses, created by Microsoft and University of Washington, Can Check Blood Sugar Levels
Scientists stunned the world with the idea that tiny prescribed glass could be added directly on the eye as an option for glasses- voila, welcome to the world of contacts. Within just a few years, technology would have soft, permeable contacts to breathe and the public thought it could get no better. Just then, scientists did it again with contacts that can change your eye color, pupil size, and even give you designs for your eyes- we were wowed. Now, far beyond any stretch of imagination, technology beats the odds and created contacts lenses that can check blood glucose for diabetic patients. Wow!
A partnership between Microsoft and University of Washington has left the world with a groundbreaking movement for contacts that take their use solely for vision, to new heights. Under the united vision, the new reality for contacts lenses includes transmitting radio signals to optical nerves straight to the brain. In lament terms, your contacts have jumped into a new dimension of technology where they can read emails and send the information to your brain without other devices. Before the bionic contacts take off into measure you would not believe, they took a step in the health direction to help those who need it most.
These new contacts that can check blood sugar levels is an extraordinary feat for those who live with diabetes. The number of diabetes has grown greatly in the past few years. According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States-8.3% of the population-have diabetes. Also, 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010.
The amount of new cases is startling and these contacts will be able to have them monitor their sugar and in turn, help them stay on top of a serious disease.
The good news- this is just the beginning. Microsoft asserts that integrating the technology into a lens will make it sensible for multiple uses. The possibilities included, using face recognition technology to help safety, or having lenses capable of storing information as you blink. Could you imagine being able to store information to your contacts as you would a flash drive?
The experiments are still in place with this new technology and the uses continue to grow. For now, contact lenses are solely used for vision but the next generation of contacts is far beyond the idea that most have. In the meantime, one can only imagine the possibilities.