Microsoft Originally Funded The Smart Contact Lens That Monitors Blood Sugar

Last night, Google revealed their latest Google[x] project called Smart Contact Lens. This smart contact lens is built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. Google is already testing prototypes that can generate a reading once per second which will serve as an early warning for the wearer. Also, Google is exploring integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed above or below certain thresholds. The media went crazy about this new project in a way that Google invented this whole new concept, but it is not the case.

The project was originally started by researchers from the University of Washington (UW) and it was a Microsoft Research Connections-funded project supporting advanced technology research. Babak Parviz, then researcher at UW(now a Google employee), and Desney Tan, a senior researcher at Microsoft Research, were developing the “functional lens” that has almost all the features of this Google Smart Contact Lens.

Microsoft even demoed the research project which you can watch above.

Source: Google, Microsoft


  • Bugbog

    So Microsft has already been talking about this, and the ‘Internet of Anything’ from over two years ago?!

  • jaylyric

    Microsoft just continues to get screwed.. They also continue to allow it. They always have a great concept that would put them way ahead of the curve,then they just cut it.. :(

    • Duk3togo

      Don’t look at the cup half empty, it just means MS has most of the patents for it I am sure. Chances once again google will be paying the piper lol…

  • robertwade

    Leave it Google and the idiot media.

  • donzebe

    Great project, but there is a problem down the road if the sole purpose is to measure blood glucose. Microsoft may already know it, I think that’s why they did not make a bid deal out of it. Lets all wait.

    • Bugbog

      Not really; Microsoft’s visualization was more of an interface for the “Internet of Everything”. From Virtual Reality, to HUD support, to info display, etc

  • c

    Google. The new apple.

  • The Gorn

    The media is very anti-Microsoft so this is not a surprise to me. It’s like if Microsoft was involved it just couldn’t be innovative.

    • Victor Who

      The media is not very anti-Microsoft. Microsoft just isn’t very good at innovating useful & creative products to get people excited about. They just have nothing.

      • James

        Umm… Microsoft is the one that funded this and have TONS of innovative projects. The media is just very anti-Microsoft during certain years it seems. When Windows 9 comes out it will be pro-Microsoft, then when WIndows 10 comes out it’ll probably be anti-again. Those who are actually knowledgeable know Microsoft does a LOT of innovative things, especially in the citizenship and non-profit world.

      • Ram Uppugunduri

        Did you watch the video? I don’t think so. Now go get your paycheck from your overlord whose mantra is “steal everything and claim as mine”.

      • satish

        That means google got nothing other than adds, spam and virus. Wish you all the best.

  • Victor Who

    Microsoft probably abandoned it.

    • James

      They didn’t abandon it, look at the Microsoft source link… it’s still something in their labs.

    • ricecube2012

      Just wait till Google abandons this project like wallet , wave , reader, health vault etc. Oh Google abandoned these because they could not integrate it with search ?

    • satish

      Don’t worry google will spam and send virus inside.

      • Herb_Eaversmells

        Virus? Damn you fanboys are deluded.

  • Sunovavic

    I bet it tracks everything you look at and will start receiving advertisement based on what you see.

  • reKitab

    Nice info. Never heard of this until today, all over the news, including BBC, on GOOGLE’S new “awesome” project “Contact Lens”:)

  • matt

    I too believe the Media (especially CNET) is biased against MS, but it’s true that MS has always had problems communicating their brand and building PR in the same way that Apple and Google does. They are finally getting good traction with public trust. So let’s hope things keep going in a positive direction and Google continues to pay for patent(s) infringement. Can’t wait for to see WP8.1 in action!!