Google is going to introduce a needle-free device that will be able to take blood from an individual’s skin. For this purpose Google has already filed a patent in order to launch this device. The device can be inserted in any thing that can be worn such as a smartwatch or can be used to get blood sample from fingertips or any other part of the body.
Google to Introduce Needle-Free Device to Check Blood Sample
India Today stated that, the blood sample would then be examined and Google would be capable to use the information for health-related issues. For instance with a wearable smartwatch Google may provide real-time blood glucose checking facility which would be of great benefit to diabetic patients.
The awaiting patent clarifies that the system works by transferring a flow of gas into a container encompassing a really minute particle that pricks the skin. Once blood comes out from the skin, it goes into the negative pressure container. If the technology gets approval, then we will not need needles in any of our blood tests in future. But still the use of the device remains vague, the device could be of big help for people who want to keep a check of their vitals and blood information in real time. Though the presence of patent so far does not promise a genuine product.
A Google representative informed The Verge that:
“We hold patents on a variety of ideas – some of those ideas later mature into real products or services, some don’t. Prospective product announcements should not necessarily be inferred from our patents.”
Google due to it’s various projects has been in the news of medical world. Google’s already announced projects include Smart Contact Lenses and Cancer-detecting micro particles. The company is allegedly working with Novartis for its contact lens project. If the project of needle-free device is accepted, it will turn out to be great business for Google as almost 29 million people are suffering from diabetes in US alone.