This week in technology: Google’s new blood-sucking invention, a truly washable smartphone, biometric tattoos and tech’s importance in fighting ISIS.
Google Files Patent For Wearable Blood-Sucking Device
Naturally, the Internet is now abuzz with the news of Google’s vampiric new project. Of course, the sober truth is that Google’s blood-drawing invention–which draws a tiny amount of blood without the use of a needle–could revolutionize the lives of diabetics and anyone else who regularly has to check their blood.
The device works by using gas to shoot a microparticle into the skin to create a point through which it can draw a small amount of blood into a pressurized container.
Though that sounds like science fiction, it’s just another in a long series of fantastical projects from the ominously named Google X, the Google division also plotting futuristic–often medical–technologies like cancer-tracking microparticles.
No matter how incredible any of these new projects sound now, Google is quick to reassure everyone that the ultimate status of projects like the blood-drawing device are very much up in the air. As Google put it to The Verge recently: “Prospective product announcements should not necessarily be inferred from our patents.”
Read more at Gizmodo.