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December 4, 2015

Google wants to make blood drawing process painless

News: Needleless tech is expected to look like a smartwatch.

By CBR Staff Writer

Google has filed patent for a "needle-free blood draw" system that will make the process of drawing blood painless.

In the patent the company showcased two designs, one looks like a barrel that is placed on the fingertip, and the other looks like a smartwatch.

The company might use the system as a wearable as a hand-held device to draw blood from a fingertip or other parts of the body without sticking a needle into the skin.

According to the patent, the needle free system will send gas into a barrel containing micro-particles that would pierce the skin.

After the blood is released from the skin, it will be sucked up into the negative pressure barrel.

Google said: "Such an application might be used to draw a small amount of blood, for example, for a glucose test."

The device will only be used to draw a small amount of blood and is expected to be helpful for people diagnosed with diabetes who have to check their blood sugar every day.

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Presently, several devices are available that are used by diabetic patients to check their blood sugar level like Accu-Chek and One Touch Ultra meters that pierces the skin to extract blood.

This is not the first time that Google is planning to introduce a technology that is especially designed for medical use, as it is already working on two devices, smart contact lenses and a bandage-sized, cloud-connected sensor designed to measure glucose levels.

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