Google files patent for ‘needle-free blood draw’ system
PETRIFIED of needles? Needle-free blood tests will soon no longer be just a dream.
Web and tech giant Google has filed a patent for a smartwatch that can take blood samples without the need for any sharp pointy objects.
The watch is set to work by using gas and micro-particles that pierce the skin painlessly. Once a blood sample is released from the skin, it is sucked up by a negative-pressure barrel which is fixed to the housing of the watch.
The patent application describes the process in more detail.
"A system for needle-free drawing of blood is disclosed. A device can include an evacuated negative-pressure barrel with a membrane sealing an aperture at a distal end, and a housing affixed to a proximal end. An accelerator barrel can be positioned within the negative-pressure barrel and fixed to the housing, with an open proximal end in a chamber in the housing, and an open distal end aligned with the aperture. The chamber can be filled with pressurized gas, and a trigger valve can hydrostatically separate the chamber from the open proximal end of the accelerator barrel. A micro-particle positioned within the accelerator barrel can be accelerated to high speed by an abrupt surge of gas by releasing the trigger valve. The micro-particle can attain enough momentum to pierce the aperture membrane and penetrate adjacent dermal tissue. A resulting micro-emergence of blood can be drawn into the negative pressure barrel."