- Days after extending its reach to cover thermostats and smoke alarms, Google (GOOG) has disclosed it now also covers contact lenses: The Web giant says it's developing a "smart" lens for diabetics that measures glucose levels in tears, with the help of a microscopic wireless chip and glucose sensor. LED lights might alert wearers to when "glucose levels have crossed above or below certain thresholds."
- Google says it's talking with the FDA and looking for partners, and admits "there’s still a lot more work to do to turn this technology into a system that people can use." The announcement comes four months after Google demonstrated a willingness to dabble in healthcare by launching anti-aging startup Calico.
- Separately, Google has bolstered its cybersecurity talent/technology base by acquiring startup Impermium. Impermium claimed its products leveraged "patented statistical and machine learning models and proprietary threat intelligence from more than 1,500,000 worldwide sites to provide real-time protection."
- The purchase, which might amount to an acqui-hire, comes amid growing M&A activity in the cybersecurity/threat protection space, and rising corporate interest in integrated software/services solutions to protect against hacking attempts. Google recently updated Chrome to feature built-in malware protection.
Google working on "smart" contact lens, buys cybersecurity startup
Jan 17 2014, 18:20 ET