Google Glass has Great Potential in the Field of….Medicine and Fire Rescue
Google Glass may very well be the most polarizing electronic device to come out of the most electronically dependent generation in human history. Every day it seems, there is another news story about Google Glass, and they are not all heaping on the praise, either. Whether it is someone being given a ticket for driving while wearing Glass, or someone being pulled out of a movie theater because they are wearing Glass (and thought to have been recording a movie), Google Glass is garnering more negativity than most could have anticipated. So what gives? Keep reading to see what people don’t like about the Glass, and what could be done in the future to change that sentiment.
Let’s get the most obvious problem out of the way first- people are freaked out when you wear something that looks like it was born of the Tron film. People have no idea how to react to Google Glass, but the initial reaction seems to be feeling violated/worried for privacy. It’s not as though that concept is so far fetched- Google Glass has the capability of recording great quality video until its battery dies- making storing and uploading a breeze. After all, with the blink of an eye you can take a picture, and three seconds later, the picture is tagged and shared on Facebook. So much for the anonymity of momentary indiscretions, be they intentional or otherwise.
So besides the potential for vast amounts of privacy leaching on a visual level, which many people have deemed “creepy”, there is worry for how distracting Google Glass may prove to be. After all, we currently trying to teach a generation of people to not text and drive, how do we teach them to be safe while wearing Glass? Is it truly distracting? Or does its placement on the face make it a worthy companion in all situations- even driving (though, let’s face it, training will be needed, initially)? This is probably going to be the hardest things to convince people of, whether the device should be worn while driving, but it is surely something that warrants further investigation.
So, when you get down to it, some of the biggest Google Glass obstacles include its “fashion forwardness”, general scare factor, and the potential to be dangerous in situations where our attention should theoretically be undivided. Yet, there is amazing potential for the glass to truly change our lives, most notably in the medical, and fire/rescue fields.
Imagine being in the hospital, unconscious, while suffering from an allergy to a particular medicine, that is generally given out without consequence. As much as hospitals do their absolute best to keep track of every patient and their needs, human error does occur. If medical professionals were trained with Google Glass, they could triple check patient identity and medicinal requirements, dramatically lowering the potential for error in the process. A person involved in a serious car accident could have their medical records instantly brought up on the rescue team’s Glass, a feature that could save many lives in the process. Emergency medical teams could also live stream their progress with patients they will be bringing in, raising efficiency because the hospital staff has visual preparedness. Medical/surgical training would be forever changed by the ability to visually overlay experienced procedure to novice procedure, possible rendering medical training far more efficient and thorough in the future.
In the area of fire/rescue, Patrick Jackson is keen on developing Google Glass apps for firefighters that would no longer require stop and go motions using devices that require the use of hands. One idea in the works is a “find the hydrant app”, something that would be endlessly useful in large scale fires. Having a visual connection to other firefighters on the same team would add a safety factor that simply cannot be achieved with two way radios or headsets. Future endeavors from other developers could include the ability for a firefighter to keep track of vitals, helping them to get out of dangerous situations in a more efficient manner. The possibilities and benefits are endless, both to those in need of rescue, and those performing the rescuing.
Google Glass has a long way to go before it is accepted in to the mainstream, it might even appear to fail for a time. But rest assured, if this device is utilized in practical and professional ways first, the social and personal use will be a natural outward extension for Glass. So in short, don’t write Glass off…the revolution has only just begun!