VSPARTICLE releases low-cost technology to print sensors, enabling smart contact lenses

november 26, 2018

Just as Google’s verily announces it will stop its smart lens development project, the Dutch startup releases a promising sensor printing technology that can finally bring a successful smart contact lens to market.

VSPARTICLE, today announced its low-cost technology to print nanostructured materials that will finally enable applications such as smart contact lenses to succeed. The nanotech company has developed an additive manufacturing technology that can be used for numerous applications, such as producing real-time medical sensors (glucose sensing, bio-marker sensing, etc.), as well as, accurate gas sensors.

VSPARTICLE is able to produce extremely sensitive materials, built up from pure metals and oxides, which can be printed on flexible substrates, such as polymers. Its technology provides the important accuracy required for glucose testing, as one example, and can be reproduced quickly. The main focus for this technology is sensors, semiconductors, micro-batteries, micro-LED’s and bioelectronics.  Google (Alphabet, Verily) announced in a blog post last week that it has stopped its glucose measuring smart lens project in part because ‘after four years of research detecting blood sugar in tears is a massive — and potentially insurmountable — technical and scientific undertaking.’

The TU Delft spinout, VSPARTICLE, makes machines that produce nanoparticles in the crucially important right amounts and sizes and does it with the push of a button. These particles serve as the foundation for new materials and nano-enabled products.  With the launch of its 3D Nanoprinter next year, it will make the printing of materials with nanoparticle properties just as simple and effective.

Read more about VSPARTICLE in their profile.