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Novartis and Google are developing a ‘smart’ contact lens that could enable people with presbyopia, age related long-sightedness, to improve their vision. Chief Executive of Novartis Joe Jimenez told the Swiss paper Le Temps:“The calendar is on track and we are already developing a technological lens prototype [that] should be tested on humans in 2016”. Since 2014, Novartis and Google have also been developing a different contact lens that can be used to measure the level of glucose in people’s blood stream. This device would primarily be used by diabetics. The lens uses a wireless chip and sensors to measure glucose levels. Diabetics currently use drops of blood to monitor spikes in their glucose levels; a contact lens would offer a non-invasive solution. Although it could take some time before these devices would be ready to sell, Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google said: “Our dream is to use the latest technology in the miniaturisation of electronics to help improve the quality of life for millions of people.” These new developments are coming at a time where the wearable tech market is growing exponentially. Google and Apple have both released health management platforms called Google Fit and HealthKit respectively. Jimenez pointed out the increase in people managing their own health, with technology, making it cheaper to manage chronic diseases. The contact lenses are part of Novartis’ growing portfolio of wearable health management technologies .