New Google wearable draws blood without needles; opens healthcare use for wearables

It also gathers mounds of information about a wearer’s health
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Sundar Pichai speaks about wearables during at the Google I/O developers conference on June 25, 2014
Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, speaks about wearables during his keynote address at the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco June 25, 2014. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

Google has filed a patent in the U.S. for an innovative wearable device with a “needle-free blood draw” system that administers a painless pin prick to draw a single drop of blood.

This device that can be used in a smartwatch, a wearable or a special handheld device makes the process of drawing blood for medical analysis quicker. It might eventually remove the need for the finger prick widely used today to draw blood for analysis.

Google says a small amount of blood is sucked into a vacuum in a barrel inside the watch, a procedure that can be used to determine diabetes and other illnesses, reports TechRadar.

Devices like these stand to transform commonplace digital devices into medical instruments. Google’s patent, however, also does more than draw blood. It gathers mounds of information about a wearer’s health instantly and show the results on screen.

Healthcare wearables are capable of monitoring a user’s health and producing results any time. The devices are designed to measure heart rates, read sugar levels and blood pressure, and generate other health-related information.

A newly released patent by Google hints at the new smartgear we can expect in future but there’s no guarantee the product will be manufactured at all. Google’s futuristic thinking and highly advanced health tracking features indicate its innovative ideas for the future.

An email was recently sent by The Verge to Google asking about the sort of applications mentioned in the patent. A Google spokesperson furnished a lengthy report saying there’s no specific answer to that. He further said some of the patent ideas may mature and some may not, depending upon the company’s future decision.  Also see this.

We can now have wearable devices capable of taking accurate health measurements that are more useful than we thought. We now have miniature computers on our wrists and in our pockets that define the future of technology, and Google’s smartwatches show the first sign of progress.

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