Google’s ambitious Google Glass project may not be finding the popularity it had hoped for, but it has still been successful in making it to the headlines. In a fresh demonstration of the eye-wearable’s practical usage, a surgeon in South-West China performed a complex tumour removal surgery using Google Glass.
While the surgery was being performed, an in-depth view of the entire operation was being live-streamed to attendees of the hospital’s surgical education program in another room of the hospital. This kind of demo once again goes on to show how we can integrate technology and Healthcare seamlessly, for a better standard of living.
Although Google Glass was supposed to be a consumer level product (that’s what Google says), it has found its calling in other major sectors rather than what it was intended for. To enhance your knowledge, let’s outline few of the real life instances –
Police in Dubai tested the use of Google Glass for traffic police officers to use on the scene of an accident to send live feed to the operations room. Dubai Police had also announced that they have made it possible for members of the public who own Google Glass to use it to report traffic violations through the “We are all Police” Dubai Police app. That’s some serious effort to halt traffic violations.
BMW workers have been wearing glasses at the vehicle manufacturing facility in Greer, even the employees with perfect vision. Instead of filing reports by typing, BMW testers communicate findings through Glass’ voice-recognition system. Google Glass eliminates that step by recording video of what the tester sees while completing the 10 to 25 inspections.
A 13-year old teenager diagnosed with retinal dystrophy leaving him almost completely blind, discovered Google Glass helped improved his vision. Retinal dystrophy is a condition associated with reduced or deteriorating vision in both eyes. Luckily for Ben, his adopted mother who earned her master’s degree in blind rehabilitation started tinkering with the idea of using the iPhone’s camera to capture a large field of view to help her son see. She then started using the iPad and eventually moved to Google Glass after it launched. Hear Ben say what it felt like when he first used Google Glass-
The first time I put it on, I was like, ‘Woah! Woah! Woah! I could see seven people! I took it off and I could only see one person with one eye.
Though it has been 12 months since Google launched the eye-wearable, it has failed drastically to gain any sort of consumer traction. People at different coordinates across the globe have been demonstrating its use in complex sectors, but it still far from being a daily usage wearable like smartbands or smartwatches.
A recent online newsletter listed Google Glass as among the top 10 tech failures in 2014. Maybe people don’t yet see the massive potential that Google Glass has to offer, but as hardware and applications evolve, the value will become clearer and the potential will get realized.