Smartwatch devices can also be used to take blood samples? Yes, Google has indeed filed a pending patent for a system, specifically designed for your wrist and used as a hand-held device to test your blood. No, Google doesn’t want your blood, but with this ‘Needle-Free Blood Draw’ system, the search giant want to help yourselves.
It is an all-new smartwatcg from Google which could be a warable or hand-held, and may eventually replace blood glucose meters. Of course, this blood-sucking wrist band would also cause a little pain as possible, even compared with the current glucose meters that “pin pick” your finger. Nevertheless, the device sends an “abrupt surge” of gas into a barrel that has a “micro-particle” that punctures the skin and takes a tiny amount of blood. Once the droplet is formed, it is sucked into a negative pressure barrel.
The patent reads this, “such an application might be used to draw a small amount of blood, for example, for a glucose test“. It remains unclear when and whether the device will hit the market.
To remind you about such device, it won’t be the first attempt made by Google to reach out to diabities. Partnered with Pharmacy giant Novartis, is now developing smart contact lenses, wirelessly connected to mobile devices, which will monitor blood sugar levels and another lens set to treat far-sightedness.
Google also said that the technology also involves non-invasive sensors, microchips and other mini-electronics embedded within the lens. Uses from the smart lesnses depends, and only recently sent a patent for a lens with a built-in camera. Google looking foraward at health-conscious, and already launched its Google Fit application that puts the user’s health caharacteristics from various devices and apps into one place.
The purported system however works by sending a surge of gas into a barrel containing a micro-particle that pierces the skin. If Google’s technology sees the light of the day, you might not have to worry about needle-fear while getting your regular blood tests done in the future. Explains that such a system might be used to draw a small amount of blood, for example, for a glucose test, which means potential use for the patients diagnosed with diabetes.
“The World Health Organisation estimates that 9 percent of adults over 18 years old live with diabetes, and 1.5 million people died from by the disease in 2015 alone.”
As aforementioned, the company is already working on two devices for the diabetics: smart contact lenses and a cloud-connected sensor for monitoring glucose levels under its Life Sciences’ projects. Similar to other pending or approved projects, this one too doesn’t necessary ensure its conversion into a final product.