Wearables have quickly become our generation’s water purifiers. If you are over 35, you know what I’m talking about. Everyone had one. Or two. Or three, and they all ended up in your garage. Loads of promise, but in practice, not a lot of use. While the iWatch is getting all the recent news cycle attention, a recent global patent filing by Google promises to turn wearables into something that can really make a difference in our lives: A wrist-worn watch that fights cancer. And the healthcare and tech community is taking notice.
According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the filing entitled Nanoparticle Phoresis” indicates a watch that could destroy cancer cells in a person’s blood by automatically modifying or destroying one or more targets in the blood that have an adverse health effect, e.g. by destroying enzymes, hormones, proteins, cells and other things that can adversely affect a person’s health.
Google X has been aiming at life sciences moonshots, and this is no exception. If successful, it figures to shift the paradigm in how cancer is treated. So how would it work?
Well, given that Google X recently revealed that it was developing a pill that could detect cancer cells by “painting” the cells with nanoparticles, making them magnetic, the idea of the watch could be to draw in those magnetic particles – and the cells that they are attached to – via the bloodstream to the wrist and the watch destroys them.