Dr. Christopher Kaeding, a surgeon at Ohio State University Wexler Medical Center, wore Google Glass while performing ACL repair surgery, documenting and transmitting the live feed from his point-of-view as colleagues and medical school students watched from miles away. Kaeding was one of a select group of participants to receive the futuristic specs prior to public release through the Google Glass Explorer competition.
Why I’m Curious: It will be very interesting to monitor the impact that Google Glass will have on practical applications when it is released to the public. Using Google Glass to record surgery makes sense from an educational and medical standpoint, as any students watching the procedure in-person from more than a few feet away will have an obscured view of the operation. Yet in the medical world, and surely beyond, I sense that the medical community will be quick to think of brilliant ways to apply Google Glass- instant input from specialists not present in the surgical room, immediate access to medical data, MRIs and x-ray images without having to look away or pause operating. The Mashable article mentioned that developers are already working on a Glass app that uses facial recognition software to allow medical employees to pull up their patients’ information.
As a firm believer in the power of Google Glass to change the way practical tasks are accomplished , I am excited to witness the previously unthinkable applications that technology like this enables once it’s released to the public. For every incredible practical application, however, I’m sure there will be a plethora of utterly moronic Google Glass uses as well. And to be honest, I’m not sure which I’m more excited about.