Now that Google has announced it will become a subsidiary (of sorts) to the larger Alphabet organization, you might be wondering what kind of projects Alphabet’s other companies will be working on.
Well, Google’s Life Sciences team, which will soon no longer be part of Google at all, has entered into an agreement to work with DexCom on a miniature continuous glucose monitoring device for diabetics.
This wearable monitoring device will combine Google’s miniaturized electronics platform with DexCom’s sensor technology. The device will be the size of a dime and it’s designed to be disposable, like a Band-Aid. The goal is to replace finger sticks as the traditional means of measuring glucose on a regular basis, while letting users save their data in the cloud.
As we try to make sense of Google’s announcement that it’s now a subsidiary of a new company called Alphabet… which will also run other companies, we’ve been wondering what some of those other companies would do. Well, it looks like developing mini glucose monitors will be one of those things. In fact, Google’s been involved in this area for a while: the company announced in early 2014 that it was working on glucose-measuring contact lenses.
The new Google will stay focused on Internet related projects, like Chrome, YouTube, and the flagship search engine. But while search and advertising still account for most of Google’s revenue, the company has been making strides into other areas in recent years, including self-driving cars, health-related products, and life-extension technology, just to name a few of the projects that could eventually change the world, but which might not make much money in the short term.
Now some of those big-idea projects are part of other Alphabet companies instead of Google.
There will probably be plenty more announcements in the future of Alphabet’s deals with tech startups that hope to make a name for themselves in the industry.