Arkansans Look Through Google Glass, See the Future

by Lance Turner  on Monday, Jul. 29, 2013 12:00 am  

Along with the Android operating system, Glass is part of Google’s never-ending effort to put the Internet — and Google advertising — at the center of every imaginable experience. Glass, unveiled in 2012, is in its infant stage. But there are signs that Google is planning wider, more commercial production of the device. Last week, Google purchased a small stake in a Taiwanese company, Himax Display Inc., that builds tiny displays.


While Glass’ video and photo quality are impressive, apps are what will drive adoption. So far, Google has given developers limited access to Glass APIs. But that hasn’t stopped people like Assad from dreaming up programs for the device.

One is called CPRGlass, which would help a person wearing Glass to perform compression CPR before emergency medical help arrives.

Assad envisions a Glass wearer launching CPRGlass in an emergency, with the app guiding the wearer through CPR, monitoring the patient’s heart rate via Glass’ tiny camera, automatically dialing 911 and broadcasting the wearer’s location to first responders.

Assad said CPRGlass could also live-stream the event directly to medical professionals, who could monitor the situation via the point-of-view Glass camera and provide their own coaching until help arrives.

“We can change the way that CPR is getting to patients, because basically we start working as a team,” Assad said.

Assad is working on the idea with a team of developers called Evermed, and he said he’s talking to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology about incorporation. But he’s also got other ideas, some relying on facial recognition technology that would allow a doctor or first responder to instantly call up a patient’s electronic medical records. He’s also thought about creating an augmented reality game that encourages exercise.

“What I thought was a pretty simple project is turning into a more elaborate and exciting one,” he said.

In the Classroom

Other Glass Explorers are ready to get the technology into the hands of students.



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