Bloomberg has reported that employees from Google’s secretive X Labs to meet with members of the American Food and Drug Administration. The FDA oversees medical devices, which may indicate that the internet giant is working on some sort device to monitor human biological signs.
FDA’s public calendar shows the Google representatives met with the head of the agency’s office that reviews device applications for marketing approval. A spokeswoman for the agency confirmed the meeting, but declined to comment on it.
The report speculates that because the meeting involved several individuals involved in wearable biometric sensors, it means Google is preparing to introduce new devices that will track the health of the people wearing it. Among the employees attending the meeting was Brian Otis, an associate professor from the University of Washington, who owns a patent that involves a contact lens with a biosensor. Whether this means additional peripherals for Google Glass or a completely new device is still unknown.
It could be that Google is preparing to launch something from the mysterious Calico health company. The digital health initiative was launched late last year, and has been extremely quiet since then. As an extension of Google X, it would make sense that the new move may be about reminding people that the company is still dabbling in human health.