Wearable computers and electronics were the biggest crowd pullers this
year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). And just to showcase how
popular they will become in the eventual future and also how useful they
will be, a team of doctors led by US-based orthopaedic surgeon Selen G
Parekh performed a foot surgery recently with the help of the Google
Glass, using the technology on board to broadcast the surgery live on
the internet and to share the information with other doctors, recently.
surgery took place at an Indo-US conference in Jaipur headed by Dr.
Ashish Sharma, according to a report by DNA India. He says that the
device can be, in the coming years, used to communicate with the family
of a patient, teach students remotely and communicate with other doctors
during a surgery. For those not familiar with the Google Glass Project,
it is essentially a wearable device, eyeglasses that provide augmented
reality features. The hardware includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities
(can work with Android and iOS devices), cameras, voice-activation
commands, and a heads-up display.
Dr. Sharma described the
benefits, saying: "The image which the doctor sees through Google Glass
will be broadcasted on the Internet. It's an amazing technology.
Earlier, during surgeries, to show something to another doctor, we had
to keep moving and the cameraman had to move as well to take different
angles. During this, there are chances of infection. So, in this
technology, the image seen by the doctor using Google glass will be seen
by everyone throughout the world," he said.
Rural areas could
also benefit, wherein a doctor could remotely examine a patient who is
unwell. Google shipped 8000 of their Google Glasses as a part of their
ongoing testing, 'Explorer Program' wherein they sent out the glasses
specifically to testers across the globe.
Google Glass has been
used by surgeons before. Ohio State broadcasted an ACL surgery last
August. Another Indian doctor performed an upper gastro-intestinal
laparoscopy procedure in September. Google Glass' medical potential has
spurred start-ups and medical technology firms to look further into the
applications of the technology in the medical field.
Francisco company sees Google Glass as a way to automatically log
medical records, saving doctors from paperwork and giving them more time
to do what they do best. Dr. Pierre Theodore of the University of
California, San Francisco used the technology to view a patient's X-Ray
reports during surgery.
Just recently, Google employees with links
to their 'X' research group met with Food and Drug Administration
officials who regulate eye devices and heart diagnostics tech, spurring
speculation that Google is working on a new medical product. The Google X
Lab heads "future technologies" projects, most notably Google Glass,
their self-driving cars and Internet-via-stratospheric-balloon.