With Google glass expected to announce a public release date for the software this year, signs of the technology taking over are already prevalent, cites those involved with using them in everyday life. The software, to be worn over users’ heads, displays a screen not unlike that of a smart phone, over the eye of the user. They can check emails, browse websites and the news, and update social media accounts. However, top leaders in the medical field are finding an innovative approach to the rising software.
At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Dr. Steven Horng implemented the use of Google glass for every doctor to use throughout the emergency room. Although many people have remarked on the software’s goofy aesthetic, practicing doctors have managed to save people’s lives at Beth Israel. One patient who was suffering from a brain hemorrhage, and was allergic to certain medication, was saved from dying by Google glass’ instantaneous access to the correct medical records, and the medication necessary to ameliorate the bleeding in the patient’s brain.
The “Glass” software, as it is nicknamed by developers and exclusive customers, was also used by New York Park Avenue plastic surgeon Ramtin Kassir. He utilizes many features to help his patients. He can blink his eye to take a picture of the patient’s face, live stream procedures to medical students, and project video of his patient on a screen from the Glass software, in lieu of giving them a mirror. Although many potential consumers of the product were skeptical of the Google glass’ inception into the public eye, those working for the military, hospitals, and NBA teams have found that it has completely changed the game for how they go about practicing their expertise; the software is clearly taking over lucrative industries with enthusiastic aplomb, according to those who have been using it extensively.
Another group of people who would do well to let Google glass take over is firefighters. All too often, firefighters lose their lives and families living in houses and condos are displaced due to high intensity fires. With Glass, firefighters could have detailed, complex information about a building’s layout, have an extensive blueprint for the building, and have access to information with regards to how old a building is, which is a huge factor in major blazes. If fire departments made good use of Glass the same way professional career doctors and surgeons have, the way fires are battled could change forever. As a consequence, hundreds of lives could be saved, a theory supported by how the Glass software saved a hemorrhaged man’s life in Boston.
Google glass, according to the exclusive few groups who have had the privilege to use them, is completely transforming not only their own lives, but also the lives of people they deal with as patrons or customers. Though the software is not being widely distributed for purchase by the public, many experts in the tech world estimate that people should be sporting the technology over their faces by the end of 2014. If mainstream users can learn anything from life-saving doctors, Google glass has the potential for groundbreaking feats for casual users.
Opinion by Tyler Collins