Further Thoughts on Google Glass

July 10, 2013

Here are some major advantages:

  • hands free browsing and video/photos
  • lightweight and minimally intrusive
  • can look at someone while browsing or during a hangout rather than looking down at a cell phone
  • many possibilities for uses in healthcare and medicine – see this article from iMedicalApps. One additional thought – how about physicians receiving alerts on their patients’ lab results via Glass
  • camera quality is excellent

Some downsides or challenges for developers to fix:

  • dependent on open wireless networks or activating your phone as a personal hotspot ($$$$$)
  • messages, searches and alerts limited to short text – considering the scale of the device, not sure how much more we can expect. If there is something that requires more detailed attention, we are at least alerted and can view it on a laptop
  • especially in healthcare, privacy concerns since one can take an image of anyone without their permission. Maybe the device should have a small light indicating that a recording or photo is being taken
  • If you are close to someone who also has Glass, their device might follow your verbal commands, “OK, Glass”. This actually occurred during my orientation
  • Availability of prescription Glass

Most of these are easy to solve. The challenge is using this new technology in healthcare, developing apps, use cases and broader adoption.

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2 Responses to “Further Thoughts on Google Glass”

  1. Carepilot says:

    I’ve read up on a bunch of different perspectives and reviews on Google Glass, but lately I’ve especially dug on your rounds of thoughts so far on how it can be useful in our healthcare field. Do you foresee any ways yet in how a patient who also owns Google Glass could yield better diagnosing and treatment results?

  2. Kyle Samani says:

    howdy John

    I’m founder and CEO of Pristine, a startup writing google glass apps for surgery. We’re funded and hacking on Glass. We’ll be starting our first pilots in Austin in August.

    I’m also getting a lot of media attention these days for what we’re doing on Glass and the extensive writing I’ve done on my blog (www.kylesamani.com/glass) about Glass. I’ve started giving talks about how to think about use cases, usability, monetizing applications on Glass, and Glass in healthcare. The first 10 or so slides are introductory for people that don’t know Glass, but the rest starts getting into more analytical thinking about Glass.


    I’d love to talk to you more offline about Glass in healthcare… I’m sure we can share a lot of ideas. You can reach me offline at kyle@pristine.io

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