Google Files Patent For Needle-Free Blood Sampling Device

7 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Patents Needle-Free Blood Drawing Micro Device.

The patent explains how the device would draw blood. In a recent news, it has been reported that Google has patented a needle-free blood drawing device that is especially designed for people who require frequent blood tests.Google has filed a patent for a “’needle-free blood draw” smartwatch: it could be wearable or hand-held, and may eventually replace blood glucose meters. It reads, “A system for needle-free drawing of blood is disclosed.A device can include an evacuated negative-pressure barrel with a membrane sealing an aperture at a distal end, and a housing affixed to a proximal end.

The device is particularly beneficial for those with diabetes and elevated blood sugar levels who require to test their blood regularly to check insulin balance. The patent, which was published today and is still pending, describes a blood draw system that works by sending a surge of gas into a barrel containing a micro-particle that pierces the skin. The blood-sucking smartwatch would also cause as little pain as possible, even compared with the current glucose meters that ‘pin prick’ your finger. Once blood is released from the skin, it’s sucked up into the negative pressure barrel. “Such an application might be used to draw a small amount of blood, for example, for a glucose test,” Google explains. The system contains a piston-like device which shoots as into a hollow cylinder, the cylinder has a special form of micro-particle which can tear through skin without the help of needles.

In other health care tech novelties, Google launched its Google Fit application that puts the user’s health characteristics from various devices and applications into one place. We emailed Google about to ask about this, and a spokesperson replied “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.” Given Life Sciences’ current projects, a focus on diabetes wouldn’t be that surprising.

The company is already working on two devices designed to help diabetics monitor their glucose levels: smart contact lenses and a bandage-sized, cloud-connected sensor to help people monitor their glucose levels. When the search giant created its new parent company Alphabet in order to expands its non-search-related businesses, there was an immediate emphasis on medical technology. If these projects are successful — and if they gain FDA clearance — that could mean big business for Google; about 29 million people in the US have diabetes. Since the aforementioned cancer-tracking microparticle technology can also be built into a wearable, your 22nd-century fantasy of implanting a computer into your wrist that will monitor your body functions is perhaps not as far off as you might’ve thought.

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