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Is a Cancer-Zapping Watch On Its Way?

Recently Google filed a patent for a pathogen-destroying wearable that just might revolutionize modern medicine.

While the world fawns over the impending launch of the Apple iWatch, one wearable currently being developed could actually revolutionize modern medicine. Google, in a recently issued patent application, unveiled a proposed treatment to send “tiny magnetic particles into patients’ bloodstreams,” activated via smart wristband, to zap cancer cells. The particles would then launch a precision attack on cells, as well as the micro-pathogens associated with other diseases. As Buzzfeed points out, Andrew Conrad, head of Google’s Life Sciences division, originally filed the patent in 2013, similar to the one Google described in October.

A peek at Google’s wearable and magnetic nanoparticles. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office / Via appft.uspto.gov

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The Smartwatch through History: Great Idea, Mediocre Product

Apple's dive into the wearable device game is part of an elusive 50-year quest to transform the trusty wristwatch into a futuristic device.

Today, Apple, those tastemakers in Cupertino everyone loves to hate to love, will announce some sort of “smart” wearable device, along with the much-anticipated sixth incarnation of the iPhone. Though no one’s quite sure what the gadget will exactly be, techies and rumormongers have dubbed it the “iWatch,” and the New York Times reports it will have fitness-tracking capabilities and employ new wireless technology to make paying for things with a mobile device a whole lot easier.

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