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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A needle-free blood draw tool patented by Google

Taking blood with a syringe often a frightening experience for some people. Just imagine the process sometimes has to make horror. Well, Google apparently had the idea to make this process become less daunting.

The trick, as described in a medical technology patents recently filed by Google, which is by using a small tool for firing nanoparticles to the skin at the tip of a finger or other body part.
Illustration of a needle-free blood drawing tool and smartwatch in Google patent. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1jL6tfQ)
Blood coming out then sucked into a tiny tube with negative pressure. Blood taking device is paired with another device shaped like a watch worn on the wrist, perhaps as a test sample.

Because of its small size, the amount of blood taken was a little, but still can be used for several purposes, such as diabetes test. "Applications can be for a glucose test," said Google in a patent document, as summarized by The Verge on Monday, December 7, 2015.

Unfortunately, because it is still tangible patent, is not clear exactly when this practical blood drawing tool is going to be realized. That is, if it really developed by Google.

The internet giant is known fond of patenting ideas related to medical technology. Previously, Google had also make the concept of the smart contact lens and a bandage that is connected to the cloud. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | THE VERGE]
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