Posts tagged ‘Google Glass’

January 8, 2014

Google Glass competitor GlassUp unveils first public prototype at CES

Google Glass competitor GlassUp is unveiling its first public prototype today at CES in Las Vegas. Clearly, the Venice, Italy-based startup has a long way to go to catch up to the current smart glasses leader.

“It is sort of cyborg,” GlassUp CEO Francesco Giartosio told me last week via Skype. “But all this goes away.”


You get one guess on what OS GlassUp runs …

GlassUp actually started building its wearable heads-up display before Google announced Glass. The company’s goal is actually the opposite of cyborg — and the opposite of what has long been one of the top objections to Google Glass: that Glass makes you look like a Star Trek dweeb. GlassUp will look like an ordinary pair of fashion lenses, Giartosio says, and therefore won’t stand out as a tech accessory, but rather a fashion accessory.

At the moment, though, that’s a future goal rather than a current reality.

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January 3, 2014

Google Glass entrepreneur’s brutally honest take on building an HIT startup in 2013

Eyeware computers such as Google Glass will be the enabling technology.

My 2013 year in review begins in Q4 of 2012. At the time, I was working at VersaSuite as the product manager for all clinical applications and the project manager for two grueling hospital EMR deployments. We were trying to deliver the impossible in an impossibly short period of time. I was constantly stressed and concerned. I fell into what I retrospectively call depression, though that’s probably a bit hyperbolic.

Going into 2013, I decided that I was going to start a business in health IT. I had no clue what I was going to do, but I knew I wanted to start something in health IT. I had no savings. Or ideas. So I set a New Year’s resolution to blog 3x weekly. My hope was that potential stakeholders – investors, employees, and clients – would read my blog and come to the conclusion that I knew what I was talking about. In retrospect, I can safely say that Pristine would have probably already failed had I not blogged. Blogging has contributed to at least $200,000 in direct capital investment, Pristine’s pilot at UC Irvine, helped convince some of our early employees to join, and has opened several serious opportunities in our sales pipeline.

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November 21, 2013

The Possibilities of Google Glass in the Physician Practice

Ever wondered how Google Glass can be utilized in the physician practice? The following video is a use case exploration of GLASS+SAP HANA that was presented at the SAP Palo Alto Tech Ed last month.


SAP HANA combines database, data processing, and application platform capabilities in-memory. The platform provides libraries for predictive, planning, text processing, spatial, and business analytics.

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November 4, 2013

Google Glass 2 will support prescription specs

Apple says that the update will include a mono earbud and will “work with future lines of shades and prescription frames.”

This is the vision for Glass that’s about to become reality.

Google Glass may soon get an upgrade, if the latest tease from Google is any indication.

Google said today that current Glass Explorers will soon be able to swap their first generation Glass units for a newer, more advanced upgrade. The company says that the update will include a mono earbud and will “work with future lines of shades and prescription frames.”

In other words, Google Glass 2 is a major upgrade, and it isn’t  too far away.

Google says that anyone who purchased a Glass unit before today is eligible for the free upgrade, which will also give them the opportunity to swap colors.

From the sound of it, the Glass follow-up seems to address two of the bigger concerns leveled at its predecessor. Considering that the current version of Glass doesn’t work with prescription frames, designing the follow-up to do so will vastly expand how many people will be able to use the device down the line. And that’s exactly what Google wants right now.

Equally significant is the mono ear bud addition, which should satiate those annoyed by the bone conduction tech that Glass offers today.

On the software end, Google has been shipping Glass updates every month, so we can expect the follow-up to come equipped with them by default.

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November 3, 2013

These Smart Glasses Could Help the Blind to See

These smart glasses could help bring sight to thousands of blind people, by converting visual information into images that can actually be seen by the visually impaired.

When people use the word blind, they don’t always quite mean that someone can’t see anything at all; often times, people with visual impairment can perceive some light and motion, just not enough to appreciate the world around them particularly well. So, these glasses—developed at the University of Oxford—try and leverage that fact to offer blind people a chance to see more clearly, reports New Scientist.

They use a camera and infrared projector to detect distance, and combine that data with information gathered from an on-board gyroscope, compass, and GPS system. The images themselves are projected on transparent OLEDs, overlaying high contrast color—in shades that work best for wearer—on top of real life.

That means that specific parts of the images can be made more or less clear, highlighting images against the background, say, or picking out distant objects. The project has just won the Royal Society’s Brian Mercer Award for Innovation, and the £50,000 prize money looks set to help make them a real product someday soon. [New Scientist]

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October 6, 2013

Google Glass hits the healthcare bigtime: Philips + Accenture make patient data delivery proof of concept – MedCity News

The first big healthcare duo to announce it’s innovating in the Google Glass space? Philips and Accenture created a patient data delivery proof of concept.

Heavyweight Philips announced it partnered with Accenture to bring a Google Glass patient data delivery proof-of-concept to life. This means it’s not just startups investing and innovating in the Google Glass space in healthcare anymore. Above, watch the (highly disclaimed) video of the proof-of-concept.
It’s the early days, but this is the first bold announcement from a big, established healthcare company to say it’s researching and spending money on Google Glass.While the product has only been tested in simulation (not on real patients), Philips claims the product would allow doctors to monitor a patient’s vital signs remotely or without turning away from a surgery, as well as the ability to enlist the advice or expertise of doctors around the world.The future of Philips’ and Accentures’ Google Glass research won’t surprise you, especially if you follow startup news. Qualcomm Life and Palomar Health recently launched an incubator specifically for startups developing Glass medical apps. At RockHealth last week, hot (and secretive) Glass startup Augmedix talked business. Plus, these startups are getting funded. All these make it an attractive option for a big company (or two) to come onto the scene. In a press release, Philips outlined many of the potential uses we’ve heard before:

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September 16, 2013

Les Google Glass déjà utilisées par des chirurgiens | L’Atelier: Disruptive innovation

Fonctionnant à la manière d’un kit mains-libres, les Google Glass optimisent la gestion de données médicales et désenclavent le bloc opératoire.

A peine 5 mois après sa sortie en version beta, les Google Glass font déjà leur entrée dans le bloc opératoire. Sous ses apparences de gadget futuriste, ce produit controversé permet pourtant d’entrevoir des applications innovantes notamment dans le domaine de la santé. Plusieurs opérations ont déjà été menées aux Etats-Unis et en Espagne et se sont avérées positives. Les patients eux-mêmes sont déjà prêts à adopter cette technologie dans un cadre médical, comme le souligne l’étude d’Augmedix: 98% des patients interrogés ne s’opposent pas à l’utilisation de Google glass par leur médecin. L’utilisation de ces lunettes connectées en milieu hospitalier permet à la fois une plus grande collaboration entre médecins lors d’opérations risquées et de transmettre ce savoir pratique aux étudiants en connectant directement les salles de cours au bloc opératoire.

Ouverture du bloc opératoire

Plusieurs opérations utilisant les Google Glass ont déjà eu lieu aux Etats-Unis et en Espagne, dernièrement l’université d’Etat de l’Ohio a conduit une opération chirurgicale ouverte, reliant le bloc opératoire à un groupe d’étudiants ainsi qu’à plusieurs conseillers médicaux grâce aux lunettes connectées portées par le chirurgien à l’oeuvre. Le chirurgien offrant une vue subjective de l’opération, il peut bénéficier de l’assistance d’un médecin consultant délivrant des conseils plus avisés et communiquant avec lui en continu. De même l’intégralité de l’opération est filmée et diffusée en direct sur internet, rendu ainsi accessible à des étudiants en médecine du monde entier. Ainsi lors d’une opération conduite et filmée en Espagne, des étudiants de Stanford ont pu suivre l’intervention complète puis interagir avec le chirurgien afin de mieux comprendre les techniques utilisées. Comme l’affirme le docteur Pedro Guillen auteur de cette procédure, les Google Glass représentent potentiellement ” Une université commune à toutes les écoles de médecine du monde entier.”

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August 25, 2013

5 ways Google Glass can be used in a hospital

I believe that clinicians can successfully use Google Glass to improve quality, safety, and efficiency in a manner that is less bothersome to the patients.

I recently had the opportunity to test Google Glass.

It’s basically an Android smartphone (without the cellular transmitter) capable of running Android apps, built into a pair of glasses.  The small prism “screen” displays video at half HD resolution.  The sound features use bone conduction, so only the wearer can hear audio output.   It has a motion sensitive accelerometer for gestural commands.    It has a microphone to support voice commands.   The right temple is a touch pad.  It has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.   Battery power lasts about a day per charge.

Of course, there have been parodies of the user experience but I believe that clinicians can successfully use Google Glass to improve quality, safety, and efficiency in a manner that is less bothersome to the patients than a clinician staring at a keyboard.

Here are few examples:

1. Meaningful use stage 2 for hospitals. Electronic medication admission records must include the use of “assistive technology” to ensure the right dose of the right medication is given via the right route to the right patient at the right time.   Today, many hospitals unit dose bar code every medication – a painful process.   Imagine instead that a nurse puts on a pair of glasses, walks in the room and Wi-Fi geolocation shows the nurse a picture of the patient in the room who should be receiving medications.  Then, pictures of the medications will be shown one at a time.  The temple touch user interface could be used to scroll through medication pictures and even indicate that they were administered.

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August 18, 2013

Incubator created for Google Glass app developers for medical applications

Palomar Health and Qualcomm Life have teamed up to build an incubator for developers called Glassomics.

“We are going to see a revolution going forward of wearable computational devices, with Google Glass being the first one out of the gate,” says Chief Innovation Officer of Palomar Health, Orlando Portale.

This prediction is the reason Palomar Health and Qualcomm Lifehave teamed up to build an incubator for developers called Glassomics.

The incubator aims to provide platforms and eventually, hospital venues to create medical apps for computer glasses, smart watches, and wearable devices for patients. Qualcomm Life is providing development tools and software platforms such as AllJoyn: a system that provides peer-to-peer, real-time sharing capabilities for doctors.

Palomar Health will provide a hospital for apps to be tested and refined in a real-world setting. This is territory they have experience in having tested Sotera Wireless’s mobile vital signs monitors (ViSi Mobile) and AirStrip’s mobile data platform. For an in-depth look at ViSi Mobile, take a look at our previous article on that system.

Systems such as Google Glass will provide significant flexibility in medical applications. Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers will be able to access relevant data in real-time without having to access a computer or even hold a mobile device in their hands.

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July 8, 2013

What will Google Glass do for health? | Healthcare IT News

What will Google Glass do for health? | Healthcare IT News #ehealth

It’s probably the most anticipated and potentially transformative new gadget since the smartphone. But unlike the iPhone, Google Glass has also been heralded with a healthy dose of controversy.

Although few folks have yet managed to get their mitts on a pair, lots of people have some pretty passionate ideas about what the technology – which enables hands-free Web and camera access – will mean, for healthcare and society at large.

Earlier this year, Google put out the call “Explorers” who might be willing to test out prototypes of the device. Interested folks were encouraged to head to Twitter and Google+ and say what they’d do if they were lucky enough to get a pair in advance, appending the hash tag #ifihadglass.

The winners were famous and infamous (Neil Patrick Harris, Newt Gingrich, Soulja Boy). Responses ranged from “id travel around the world and film the experience” to “I would help push the limits on #AugmentedReality in #hollywood.

Unsurprisingly, healthcare and wellness figured into many potential users’ plans. “I’d use it to revolutionize healthcare. Imagine images filing directly to EMR charts and dictation on the fly all from Glass,” wrote one entrant. “I would get into Telemedicine,” wrote another

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