Google Wants Your Blood, But At What Cost?

Patrick Antinozzi

Wearables are the latest trend in tech and, before they even start to be accepted in mass by the general public, are already starting to get creepy.

Google recently filed for a patent on a smart watch that will actually draw blood from your body.

It’s basically a really slick finger-pricking gadget that works by blasting a gas-powered microparticle into the skin and then draws a small vial of blood into a pressurized container. The device comes in a few different configurations, including the aforementioned blood-sucking wearable, and can be used to measure glucose levels.

- Gizmodo

What did Google have to say about it? As with most patent application discoveries, not much.

"We hold patents on a variety of ideas — some of those ideas later mature into real products or services, some don't. Prospective product announcements should not necessarily be inferred from our patents."

- Google

As creepy as this sounds, this could actually prove very useful for people who need to regularly monitor their blood stats, such as diabetics.

But at what cost? The ongoing battle between personal convenience and privacy rages on, and only gets more complicated with each new technological advancement or the release of another sexy new internet-connected device.

Which side are you on? Are you willing to give up personal liberties and privacy in the name of convenience and efficiency? Or does the thought of massive corporations knowing everything about you creep you out?

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Patrick Antinozzi

Patrick is our Content Specialist / Brand Ambassador / Internet Geek. He's got his finger on the pulse of business and retail trends, and loves writing in various corners of the internet. When he's not doing that, you'll find him traveling the world, playing hockey, or ranting about the Montreal Canadiens.

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