Google meets with FDA, likely looking at wearable sensors and contact lenses

Google is a company well known for exploring new fields and investing heavily in R&D so it doesn’t come as a shock that company representatives have recently met with the FDA.

Bloomberg reports that at least four Google fellows met with officials from the Federal Drug Administration. The team seems to be part of Google X, a part of the company that specializes on long-term “moonshot” projects such as the self-driving car, and Project Loon.

One of the Google fellows that took part in the meeting is Brian Otis, who holds a patent on a wirelessly powered contact lens. The Google X team seems to be looking at wearable sensors, such as contact lenses that provide bio-feedback, and other wearable sensor technology.

Recent history, surrounding the Google-owned 23andMe DNA testing company, has probably taught the Google that it’s a lot better work with the FDA from the start and gain their approval early than to launch a product and then have it under investigation by the federal government.

It will be very interesting to see if anything comes out of this project. Maybe Google will soon have a place in your doctor’s office.

Source: Bloomberg | Image via Wikipedia

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The simple fact that this stuff is even being considered happening makes me think that the cult of Google is waaaaaaay more indoctrinated and dangerous than the cult of Apple ever was!

Sometimes when someone enter a nude bar or my recent trip to Winchester Mystery house down in San Jose, CA, and was told inside that house are copyrighted so no photography is allowed. Where does this contact lens draw the line. Even if I like where technology leads us, but with Google behind it, I started to question their motives.
I was watching this movie called "The Internship", it looks like Research comes first, advertising comes after. My point is, driverless car could be a good thing, but what comes after, I may not like. All this for consumer acting a mule and google with carrot in the front. Entrapment?

I am badly near sighted and wondered how I could use Google glasses. I've had on again off again problems with contacts and would like to see Google prescription glasses. I wouldn't want to wear them for everyday use but I am intrigued with using them.

Hello,

kronckew said,
i'm sure the NSA will love all this new data on what we are doing.

The NSA doesnt care about you. You, I, or your average person arent important.

(Dont take that as a personal attack. Im just stating 99% things said that are done by the NSA are overblown).

riahc3 said,
Hello,

The NSA doesnt care about you. You, I, or your average person arent important.

(Dont take that as a personal attack. Im just stating 99% things said that are done by the NSA are overblown).


Are you a worker for the NSA, because if not, you nor anyone else has any idea about anything the NSA does in all honesty and you aren't qualified to speak on behalf of them, thanks.

Hello,

n_K said,

Are you a worker for the NSA, because if not, you nor anyone else has any idea about anything the NSA does in all honesty and you aren't qualified to speak on behalf of them, thanks.

Same thing goes in reverse. Noone here works (or can proof they work for them) so they cannot know what they do.

When facts are missing, it is (FOR NOW) false. Plain and simple. Like god, aliens, etc...

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Same thing goes in reverse. Noone here works (or can proof they work for them) so they cannot know what they do.

When facts are missing, it is (FOR NOW) false. Plain and simple. Like god, aliens, etc...


The fact is they have the ability to access information I haven't exclusively given them permission to. It doesn't need to be more explained than that to be honest. I feel violated just knowing they can, not that they will.

riahc3 said,
noone here works (or can proof they work for them) so they cannot know what they do.

More that they aren't authorized to state officially as to what they do.

There is a 'common' saying with the intelligence folks. "You are not that important"

Everybody believes that what they are doing is so interesting that the government is attempting to hack then. No, there isn't a reason to spend that much in resources just to track you.

Hello,

SierraSonic said,

The fact is they have the ability to access information I haven't exclusively given them permission to. It doesn't need to be more explained than that to be honest. I feel violated just knowing they can, not that they will.

Well, do you really care that they access your information? Do you have anything important they should know or be aware of?

On top of that, with enough time and knowledge, you can problably do the same thing. You would do the same thing to for example see what information they do or get the pictures from your new female next door neighbor....

The point is, if they can or cannot see the information is not only unknown, but someone isnt gonna look at you. We can wget the entire internet and there is going to be pages we are going to miss before we die lol........its basically impossible.

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Well, do you really care that they access your information? Do you have anything important they should know or be aware of?

On top of that, with enough time and knowledge, you can problably do the same thing. You would do the same thing to for example see what information they do or get the pictures from your new female next door neighbor....

The point is, if they can or cannot see the information is not only unknown, but someone isnt gonna look at you. We can wget the entire internet and there is going to be pages we are going to miss before we die lol........its basically impossible.

I rather be on the cautious side and not give them have a chance to find anything at all, if there is anything to be found. I personally feel that just because I can eventually do the same thing doesn't justify them being able to do it either.

The point is,if I want you to know something, I'll personally tell you, I do not want you to just be able to look it up.

Hello,

SierraSonic said,

I rather be on the cautious side and not give them have a chance to find anything at all, if there is anything to be found. I personally feel that just because I can eventually do the same thing doesn't justify them being able to do it either.

The point is,if I want you to know something, I'll personally tell you, I do not want you to just be able to look it up.


Cautious side and not give them have a chance to find anything at all? That means that maybe then you are hiding something. In that case, more power to them.

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Cautious side and not give them have a chance to find anything at all? That means that maybe then you are hiding something. In that case, more power to them.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...reak-the-law-every-day.html http://ask.metafilter.com/5512...noncriminals-commonly-break and http://eaves.ca/2013/04/18/you...breaking-the-law-right-now/

Everyone breaks the law, every day, no one is perfect, if you make it through a day without breaking a law, good job I guess you did nothing all day, and still most likely broke some law! I rather them not have a chance to find me breaking any law, no matter how insignificant, as anything negative found can haunt you.

Keep living in your bubble good sir, and hoping for luck to always be on your side. I hope you realize the following the EVERY law doesn't and wont make you a good person, it just makes you a lemming. Some laws are on the books just because other people didn't like and/or were jealous of other peoples actions, which do not, have not, and will not ever hurt anyone at all and are just on the books because of personal vendettas. Such as those places with sodomy laws.

Even without the huge corpus of law in this country, there are still reasons to favor privacy. We all know how babies are made. It's not a secret, and it's not illegal. But that doesn't mean that many people who are making babies might prefer that their bedroom door remain closed while they do it. We see the result - children, and so we can infer that they did it. But they wanted privacy while they did it. And we let them have it.


Read this one for sure as it has the best examples: http://www.thoughtcrime.org/bl...all-have-something-to-hide/

Imagine if there were an alternate dystopian reality where law enforcement was 100% effective, such that any potential law offenders knew they would be immediately identified, apprehended, and jailed. If perfect law enforcement had been a reality in MN, CO, and WA since their founding in the 1850s, it seems quite unlikely that these recent changes would have ever come to pass. How could people have decided that marijuana should be legal, if nobody had ever used it? How could states decide that same sex marriage should be permitted, if nobody had ever seen or participated in a same sex relationship?