Google has a track record of identifying promising innovation across a wide spectrum of internet related technologies.  Hopefully, this week’s announcement will be another.

Google has selected Alcon, the eye-care unit of Novartis, as its partner in developing ‘Google Lens,’ a smart contact lens created to help monitor blood glucose levels in diabetics through measurements in the wearer’s tears.  The data is transmitted via radio from an antenna embedded in the lens that is thinner than a human hair.

Market watchers are bullish on this new technology but it will be a number of years before commercialization is possible.