Innovative Professor Dr. Schijven, Professor of Surgery and Chair of Simulation and Serious Gaming at the University of Amsterdam, shares in this LinkedIn post about the healthcare forecast for Google Glass in 2016! Having been an early adopter of Google Glass in 2013, and one of the pioneers of the device in surgery, Dr. Schijven is a great source of information for those simulation champions exploring the potential of this new technology.
From Dr. Schijven:
“So what can we expect in 2016 for Glass? This Edition of Google Glass seems particularly designed to help us medics in the workplace. The new, rebooted version has a more robust build, a larger glass prism, a faster Intel Atom processor, 5GHz Wi-Fi for more bandwidth-intensive tasks such as video streaming, and a more rugged and waterproof design. Additionally, it and has a hinge that allows it to fold and is built to withstand bumps and bruises.
The power button has been moved from its awkward location on the inside to the back of the device, and the front light comes on when the camera is being used. The device is waterproof and closed-off. And do I see a CE-marking printed on the temple? Now there are concerns too. Unfortunately, the camera remains to be placed at the upper outer of the bow next to the prism. For surgeons this is a problem indeed. As surgeons tend to focus on the procedure itself – they are unlikely to focus on ‘shooting the optimal footage’ for educational or colleagues opinion. Unless the new design is augmented with an angled prism aiming at focus point of the eyes, video footage will be out of center point of the viewing angle. Futhermore, the balance of the device is puzzeling me.
Aside from the upgrades in this Edition, for me it is the next logical step reminding us that professional applications for the device are continuously being built and refined by Google’s official Glass at Work partners -many of them particularly focusing on the healthcare market.”
There have been recent rumors of a Google Glass Enterprise or “work edition” but nothing concrete just yet.