Google Glass in Veterinary Medicine?

Google Glass in Veterinary Medicine?

VetGizmo Spotlight: Google Glass

What is a VetGizmo? From time to time VMD Tech will highlight some emerging and innovative pieces of technology that have the potential to impact veterinary medicine now or in the near future. Let’s call them VetGizmos. Other VetGizmo Spotlights

The first installment: Google Glass

Google Glass for Veterinary Medicine?
Most self-respecting techies have at least heard of Google Glass. As a veterinary professional, I think you should know about it too.

What is it? The not-yet-publicly-released Google Glass is essentially a smartphone that you wear as pseudo-glasses. It allows you to see the internet and everything else a smartphone does in a hands free way by using voice commands as controls and by projecting the “screen” in your field of vision. It is developed by Google X, Google’s research arm dedicated to developing futuristic technology (also working on driverless cars). 

Glass potentially has unprecedented implications in veterinary medicine, especially in medical teaching hospitals. But will it catch on? Here’s a graphic detailing how it works:


The Future of Google Glass
There are two schools of thought regarding the future uses for Google Glass:

1. The social and privacy implications are ridiculous (Saturday Night Live’s take below):

2. It is innovative, unique, and will positively impact our world. Case in point: in June 2013, the first report of Google Glass emerges in medicine via a Maine physician (video below).

Want More Information? How Google Glass is Changing Medical Education by Forbes.

Still skeptical?
There are many other potential implications for our care of animals – imagine an overnight nurse effortlessly linking you to the live video of a hospitalized patient, a veterinarian in rural Alaska consulting a university professor in California, a cardiologist evaluating an EKG strip with you in real time, or a radiologist looking at a live feed of your ultrasound. What about wearing Google Glass in surgery and seeing the CT image of a patient overlaying their actual body during a procedure? Or seeing live vital signs on Google Glass while doing CPR on a patient? The future looks to be dorky…dorky-awesome!

So which Google Glass do you think will emerge? “Peacock!”

About the Author
Dr. Caleb Frankel is an experienced emergency room veterinarian, author, speaker, and entrepreneur. He divides his time between two roles: emergency veterinarian at the Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in greater Philadelphia, PA (USA) and Director of New Product Development at Brief Media. He is also the founder of a new venture Instinct Science and the blog VMD Technology, two projects devoted to helping veterinary teams leverage technology in the pursuit of better animal health care. In his spare time, you can find him musing about unique uses for technology, collecting bow ties, and spending time with his 5 sons (feline, canine, and humans). Follow Dr. Frankel on Twitter @VMDtechnology.

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