eWeek has a piece on Google’s halting of the Google Glass Explorer program. They report that it is not the end of the program, but it is being pulled from the Google[x] development and research division. It will become its own division within Google.
by Ken Terry at InformationWeek Health Care
Philips and Accenture have jointly demonstrated a prototype of a system that allows surgeons to view vital signs on a head-mounted Google Glass display while performing operations. But Philips said this is only the first step in the research and has not decided whether to turn the prototype into a commercial product.
The demonstration transferred the vital signs data to Google Glass, itself still in the beta stage, from Philips IntelliVue, a system that aggregates patient data from monitors and provides clinical decision support. Brent Blum, lead for wearable device R&D at Accenture Technology Labs, toldInformationWeek Healthcare that the two companies created their own interface because the Google Glass Mirror API is still limited.
Wearable technology refers to devices that can be worn by users, taking the form of an accessory such as jewelry, sunglasses, a backpack, or even actual items of clothing such as shoes or a jacket. The benefit of wearable technology is that it can conveniently integrate tools, devices, power needs, and connectivity within a user’s everyday life and movements.
One of the most popular incarnations of the technology was the calculator watch, which was introduced in the 1980s. Since then, the field has advanced significantly, but the overarching theme behind the technology remains the same – convenience. These tools are portable, light weight, and often take the place of an accessory the user already wears, such as a t-shirt, glasses, or wrist-watch, making them easy to take anywhere.
Google’s “Project Glass” features one of the most talked about current examples – the device resembles a pair of glasses, but with a single lens. A user can see information about their surroundings displayed in front of them, such as the names of friends who are in close proximity, or nearby places to access data that would be relevant to a research project.
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