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Google Glass: Not just another Gadget

The futuristic Google Glass has been out for four months now and has definitely created some buzz. Google Glass is an augmented-reality headset that will work through your Android or iPhone via Bluetooth.

Google Glass is a voice-controlled, hands free computing system that allows you to do the following:

  • Always be connected to the internet
  • Open or join Google hangouts
  • Take photos and videos
  • Get maps and directions
  • Send texts

Cost & Availability

Unfortunately, not many have got their hands on Google Glass. A pair runs $1,500 and they’re not available at your local Best Buy or LensCrafters. Google just completed an application process that is now closed. While there has been a lot of hype, the smart glass market is predicted to be around 6 billion by 2016.

Google Glass will start to be available to consumers and the end of this year or early 2014. Most of us don’t have $1500 in the cookie jar for a pair of cool glasses, so it will be interesting to see where pricing lands. It’s almost double the current share price of Google (GOOG; $890). There is actually another provider in this fresh vertical. The Recon Jet smart glasses will debut in February 2014 and will be priced at $599. They’re practically giving them away.

Potential importance in the medical industry

While Google Glass seems like the coolest gadget ever, it could become a very important part of the medical field.

Procedure help – Used during surgical procedures to consult with other physicians and sharing that information nationally and internationally.

Save time & life – Emergency service technicians could use Glass to get support from other medical professionals and instructions on difficult procedures making the technicians more efficient and valuable. An app has been developed to provide a live stream video of a patient’s vital signs to a doctor while in route.

Teaching tool – Real-time education for students during surgery;

Increased engagement with the patient – More face to face with eye contact between doctor and patient.

More sanitary – Eliminate touching multiple surfaces such as smartphones and tablets. Hands free with Google Glass.

The infographic contains other possible uses for both the health care provider and patient health care. There’s a lot here that could make Google Glass change the health care industry for the better.

Would you spend $1500 for Google Glass?

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