Google working on "smart" contact lens, buys cybersecurity startup

|By:, SA News Editor

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.