Google working on cancer detecting wearable

Google X project outlined at WSJD conference

Google X, the mysterious spin-off lab that has been responsible for projects like the self driving car and Google Glass, is working on a wearable device that could detect cancer.

Speaking about the "nanoparticle platform" at the WSJ.D conference, Google's head of life sciences, Andrew Conrad, detailed a wearable band that worked alongside a pill that the wearer swallows. The pill contains magnetised antibodies that would attach themselves to any cancerous cells and alert the wearable device.

“Think of it as sort of like a mini self-driving car," Conrad explained. “We can make it park where we want it to. We're passionate about switching from reactive to proactive and we're trying to provide the tools that make that feasible."

While we at Wareable are all about the wearable techrevolution and what it means to the consumer on the street and we won't be covering health tech in detail, it's great to see big names looking to use wearables to make such a positive change.

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Google, of course, has previous in this field. Back in July, pharmaceutical giant Novartis agreed a deal with the Mountain View company to develop its smart contact lens to help diabetics monitor their glucose levels.

Intel and the Michael J Fox Foundation also partnered up recently to create a wearable band to study the effects of Parkinson's disease.

The band has been trialled on patients, using the sensors that are usually designed to track activity to monitor Parkinson's sufferers' movements, co-ordination and symptoms.

The hope is that this information can be married with their medication patterns to learn more about how to treat the disease, so treatment can be fine-tuned for the best quality of life.

Source: TechCrunch


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