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Google wants to suck your blood

Updated 4 years ago
Published Dec 5th, 2015 10:45AM EST
Google Needle Free Blood Draw Patent

Yes, I’m being complete serious: Google does want to suck your blood. Per The Verge, Google has filed a patent application for a needle-free blood drawing device that pokes a tiny hole in your finger and then sucks up your blood into a negative pressure barrel. What’s particularly interesting here is that Google’s contraption will use gas pressure inside the device to fire a micro-particle into your skin that will create a hole just large enough to draw out blood.

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In its application, Google says that this kind of technology “might be used to draw a small amount of blood, for example, for a glucose test” to help treat people with diabetes. Here’s a diagram showing the proposed device in action:

Source: USPTO

These sort of technology could also be used on a smartwatch-type device capable of keeping track of other fitness data, as you can see in this proposed concept:

This patent doesn’t mean that Google is actually going to release such a device, of course, but it’s always interesting to see some of the bold ideas the company is cooking up behind the scenes.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.