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contact lens that monitors blood sugarGoogle announced on Tuesday and signed an agreement with the European drugmaker Novartis to develop “smart” contact lenses, which would help diabetics to track their blood glucose levels or restore the eye’s ability to focus.

Novartis said that Alcon, its eye care unit, had signed a deal to license so-called smart lens technology from one of Google’s research department. The device for diabetics would measure glucose in tear fluid and send the data wirelessly to a mobile device; this technology is going to became life changing for many diabetics.

Sergey Brin, a Google founder, said the company’s smart lens technology could “help improve the quality of life for millions of people.”