Wearable technology is getting the Google treatment. In development stages since 2011, Google Glass recently made its way in to the hands of many who have been test driving the wearable computer from Google. Google Glass is a wearable headset with built in camera, microphone, and speakers which allows those who wear the headset to use natural language to search the internet and query requests. Feedback is delivered to the person wearing the device through the speakers which can also read text messages and updates from social media sites. The built in camera allows users to capture video from a personal point-of-view. Video capture capability as already been tested by skydivers, mountain bikers, and many more.
The Glass Explorer program is allowing more users to get their hands on the devices. Many users are testing the capabilities in health and medical settings.
Explorer Rafael Grossmann, MD, FACS sees various ways for Google Glass to be used in medical education and the health sciences. John Nosta recently wrote more about Grossmann’s work with Google Glass for Forbes in the post “How Google Glass is Changing Medical Education“. Grossmann has used Google Glass to record point-of-view surgical procedures as well as interact with healthcare providers through video. Grossmann as well as other see the power of Google Glass to enhance the field of telemedicine and connect patients with providers.
As more applications are developed for Google Glass expect many to be healthcare focused. Fitness and wellness are also important targets of app development. Companies such as Augmedix are already looking into ways to use Glass in medical scenarios.
Augmented reality and real-time access to information through devices such as Google Glass are also influencing how librarians provide services to their users. Marianne Kruppa a librarian and Glass Explorer already sees ways to use Glass to provide information for library users. She was recently interviewed by the South Bend Tribune and brief video is included in the post, “Area woman exploring use of Google Glass“.
Google Glass is also making an impact on the lives of those with disabilities. Mashable recently posted “OK, Glass: I Can’t Walk, So Help Me Explore” which details the experiences of a Google Glass Explorers Tammi Van Sant and Alex Blaszczuk both using the new device to interact and connect with people in ways they previously though impossible. Researchers in various institutions are working on apps for Google Glass that would be beneficial for those with chronic diseases or who are blind or deaf.
Expect to see and hear more about Google Glass use in products and services. Also watch out for new apps that make using Google Glass and interacting with information through the devices even easier.
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