Google is attempting to make its way into the health sector with folks over at Google X working on new technology that will help detect diseases such as cancer and heart problems at an early stage. The project seems straight out of a science fiction movie, with the user simply swallowing a pill which contains nanoparticles that will magnetically attach themselves to cells and proteins.
If that sounds crazy then the next part will surprise you even more. The particles will then report back to a wearable device, changing the way we interact and use wearables particularly for health purposes forever. This project adds to the list of the company's already impressive existing lineup of projects which include glucose measuring contact lenses and a spoon which counteracts tremors caused by Parkinson's disease.
Google's ambitious project makes rival Apple's Apple Watch dwarf in terms of complexity of technology and user benefits offered. While the project has been under development for quite a while, the company is choosing to make it public in order to form partnerships with other interested parties.
Dr. Andrew Conrad, a molecular biologist is leading the project. "What we are trying to do is change medicine from reactive and transactional to proactive and preventative," said Dr. Conrad, speaking to the BBC. "Nanoparticles are the nexus between biology and engineering… (they) give you the ability to explore the body at a molecular and cellular level."
The ultimate goal of the company is to create a wristband that would communicate with the nanoparticles circulating in the blood stream through light/radio waves. And if you're concerned that your health data will fall into the search giant's hands, don't worry. Dr. Conrad says that the project is solely for medical purposes and Google will license the tech out to partners, who will move the project further. Sounds fascinating. Let us know what you think in the comments section.