Google Glass To Get Modified For Better Healthcare

by CXOtoday News Desk    Apr 10, 2014

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Google Glass is testing an modified version of its hardware to get the technology into workplace. According to a report by Re/code, the technology major has partnered with the company Wearable Intelligence, which replaces the Google Glass software with a reformatted version of Android operating system, instead of the Google Glass software. In other words, the glasses can be locked down for specific uses in specific contexts. Experts believe the new modified version can have a huge advantage in the healthcare industry.

Doctors don’t have the option to tweet photos of patients, check their Facebook, or even take the device off the hospital Wi-Fi network. Google’s on-board speech recognition technology is replaced with a more specialized medical dictionary from Nuance, said the report.

Wearable Intelligence was founded by serial entrepreneurs and former Google employees, and seed-funded by venture capitalists in the Glass Collective as well as First Round Capital.

 “Google Glass enabled me to view this patient’s allergy information and current medication regimen without having to excuse myself to log in to a computer, or even lose eye contact,” said Dr. Steve Horng.

Because he was able to start treatment immediately with that knowledge, Horng believes that Google Glass helped save the patient from the chance of permanent disability or death. He is also part of a pilot program at Beth Israel involving about five doctors using Google Glass.  The glasses are not the same as those sold to customers selected for Explorers program at a cost $1,500, recode said.

Google is also working on modifying its glasses for broadcasters, NBA athletes and police officers, said the report.

Technology analyst and writer Brad Linder opines the modified Glasses can also have applications in the construction industry, law enforcement, or any other field where workers may need to consult with instruction manuals or other documents but where it may not make sense to carry around physical copies.

However, there are still some challenges. Google’s wearable devices have limited battery life, for instance. And privacy concerns can still come into play in some industries. once these things are taken into account Linder believes enterprises and governments can immensely benefit from the technology.