Implantable Solar Powered Chip Monitors Blood Sugar Levels
For diabetics, pricking their fingers several times a day to get a blood sample for glucose level tests is just a part of living with the disease. The process is not excruciatingly painful, but it can be excruciatingly annoying. A product being tested for release in 2017 may make that daily process a thing of the past.
A solar-powered monitor and sensor system called Glucowizzard provides continuous glucose monitoring. The basic science of the system has been used for years – the reaction of enzymes to the glucose in blood. The technology of the sensor/monitor system, however, is all 21st century. A sensor the size of a grain of rice is implanted under the skin. Using electron energy from the enzyme reaction to run its photovoltaic cells, the sensor sends continuous data to a sports watch-like monitor. The wearer is alerted should blood glucose levels get too high. It's eatin' time!