Google invents a skin-implantable diagnostic device

Often, blood tests require a person to take appointments, wait for long hours, and most importantly diagnostic test results are not available instantly.

Now, Google plans to change the way the blood diagnostic tests are performed.

A recent patent application filed by Google has revealed a skin-implantable diagnostic system that monitors physiological parameters of the person by analysing blood, sweat, or interstitial fluid through a sensor implanted under a person’s skin. Further, the skin-implantable diagnostic system includes an antenna for sending and receiving wireless signals from the sensor implanted inside the person’s skin to a reader device.


Additionally, the reader controls the operation of the skin-implantable diagnostic system by controlling the supply of power to the sensor. The reader stores a series of measurements of various blood parameters over time without continuously powering the sensor.


About one year ago, Google X demonstrated a prototype for a health-focused smartwatch designed for medical research. The skin implantable sensor disclosed in the patent application may work with Google X’s smartwatch.


Patent Information
Publication number: US 20160278638
Patent Title: Aptamer-based Sensors, Implantable Devices and Detection System
Publication date: 29 Sep 2016
Filing date: 11 May 2016
Inventors: Jerrod Joseph SCHWARTZ; Jason Donald THOMPSON; Vikram Singh BAJAJ;
Original Assignee: Google Inc.