STATES CHRONICLE – Among others, Google is innovating blood drawing without needles that will be both painless and remove the unsightly view of a sharp point pricking your skin. It seems that patients with diabetes are the most targeted for the upcoming device.
The new wristwear will arrive from Google’s X Labs, a team who have come up with smart cutlery for patients with Parkinson’s disease. They also presented other ideas, such as smart contact lenses, and smart patches that would be efficient in measuring blood glucose. This means that the regular pricking of your skin could one day become unnecessary.
On December 3rd, Google filed their latest patent that implies “needle-free blood draw”. This innovating device is meant to either be held within your hand or wear it around your wrist. It will essentially take a small sample of your blood without using a needle.
Instead, the gadget will be making use of a small barrel that is placed against your skin. It will be using gas to sent a tiny micro-particle that will painlessly prick the skin. From then, the small amount of blood will be sucked up into a negative pressure barrel. It will feature absolutely no discomforting sensation, and it will take only a drop of blood, as it’s needed to test glucose content.
It seems that this could be an excellent device to be used by patients with type 2 diabetes, who often have to prick their skin with a needle. Some have inherent fear of the sharp, pointed ends, while others still have to live with the discomfort. Google means to change all that, by providing customers a device to suit their needs.
The unnamed gadget will either be held in your hand to seamlessly prick the skin of your finger, or strapped around your wrist. The small amount of blood drawn appears to be perfect for a glucose test, but Google doesn’t dismiss other options. It’s just one of the many necessary procedures, and could provide with results for numerous more medical tests.
Diabetes simply seems to be their priority target. It’s estimated that there are 30 million people with the condition in the United States alone. By offering them a simple to use device and a painless way of testing their blood sugar, Google could make their lives a little easier.
So far, the tech giant filed a patent, though they admitted themselves it’s not a sure thing as of yet. It may never reach production.
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