Smartphone’s are everywhere now, and hospitals are no different. They are used for sending messages, for finding doctors and nurses, and even for updating and accessing patient medical records. Google is looking to take the whole thing to the next level.
There are rumors circulating that Google is developing a set of glasses with an integrated computer and camera by the end of the year. I remember thinking that the old Oakleys that had a mp3 player were pretty cool, but this idea is way beyond playing some music.
The above article from iMedicalApps mentions a couple of applications this could have in the medical field, but the possibilities are practically endless. Surgical assist, and mentoring from afar are two of the applications they mention that seem to have the most promise.
There have already been great advancements in these areas with the improvement of cameras and viewing monitors in operating rooms. Having a computer literally strapped to your eyes would be an incredible asset to any surgeon. It would also do amazing things in learning environments.
Surgeons would have access to not only x-rays and other images, but they would have access to massive databases of information to perform a standard operation. Maybe more importantly, they would have that access in those situations that were not expected.
Doctors are incredibly busy people even when they are already occupied with a surgery or other procedure. Having a device like these glasses would allow doctors to pause and take care of other issues without having to stop the procedure completely.
iMedicalApps is also sponsoring a contest to see who can come up with the most creative use of these glasses. Of course they are still in development, and mostly a rumor at this point, but it does provide some very interesting opportunities in any number of fields.
I would love to hear about any ideas you may have of how these glasses can be used in any number of industries.