When it comes to smart-watches, Google may not be the first company that comes to mind. With the launch of the new Apple Watch, all eyes in the tech world have been firmly glued to the iPhone manufacturer. However, Google has just done something that is sure to bring an onslaught of attention from not only the tech world, but the health community as well.
Google has filed a patent application with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for a watch worn on the wrist that could destroy cancer cells in a person’s blood. The patent application is titled “Nanoparticle Phoresis,” and it describes a wrist-worn device that “can automatically modify or destroy one or more targets in the blood that have an adverse health effect.” According to Google’s new patent application, the device destroys enzymes, cells, proteins, hormones and other molecules that can negatively affect the health of an individual by transmitting energy into the body.
What kind of energy? Experts are indicating that the energy from the Google device could be in the form of a radio frequency pulse, an acoustic pulse, an infrared or visible light signal or even a time-varying magnetic field.
Sound incredible? Absolutely. However, consider this: Google has been focused on finding a cure for cancer for years. Surprised? In 2014, a research division of Google called Google X revealed that it was developing a pill that could detect cancer cells and other nefarious diseases. The pill effectively “paints” the cells with nanoparticles, making them in a way, magnetic. The idea of the watch patented by Google may be to draw in those magnetic particles – and the cells that they are attached to – via the bloodstream to the wrist where they will be destroyed by the watch.
The head of Google’s investment division, Bill Maris, has revealed that Google has been hiring scientists as partners to identify bio-business start-ups that are focused on curing cancer. Maris also made the claim that, in the near future, current cancer treatments would be looked back upon as “primitive.”
“There are plenty of people, including us, that want to invest in consumer internet, but we can do more than that. There are a lot of billionaires in Silicon Valley, but in the end, we are all heading to the same place. If given the choice between making a lot of money or finding a way to make people live longer, what do you choose?”
It is currently unknown just how close Google is to releasing the cancer killing product, that, if it is successful, could result in a paradigm shift in how we deal with cancer and similar diseases.
[Images via WIPO]