Google’s wearable technology could turn out to be an integral part of medical care in the near future as the device has already been credited for saving the life of a patient in the United States. Doctors from Boston were wearing a beefed up version of Google Glass and were immediately able to access the files of a patient suffering a severe bleeding in brain last January when the clinical trials of the futuristic and internet connected visual aid were being conducted. At the Beth Israel Deaconess, a physician was able to use Google Glass for discovering that the patient had provided an incomplete history because of his serious condition. The patient would have lost his life if the doctors would have administered the much-needed drugs according to the incomplete information that was provided. He had managed to inform the doctors that he had an allergy to the blood pressure drugs that were required for slowing down the bleeding in his brain. However, he had forgotten to let the doctors know that he was also on blood-thinning drugs, which could have proven to be deadly if applied in combination. The doctors were able to pull up the correct medical history and information of the patient by using Google Glass. They had administered the correct dose of medication in this way and had managed to save him quickly by accessing records both on paper and on a computer screen elsewhere. It was the Boston Globe that had first reported the life-saving story and is also a part of the program concerned with Wearable Intelligence in Healthcare, in partnership with the maker of Glass. Specialized software can be found in Google Glass that has been designed for the sole use in medical care centers and hospitals. No access to search engines or social networks is provided by the device, which remains interconnected to the Wi-Fi of the hospital and physicians within the walls. All doctors in the ER of Beth Israel Deaconess will be donning these innovative glasses, which hopefully will become as normal as putting on the hospital scrubs. Last week, Google Glass went on limited commercial sale within the US and is regarded as the next likely frontier in mobile technology. A small eyeglass can be found in the frame, which has a small screen over the right eye that will display everything that can be seen on the screen of a smartphone or even a computer. Apart from the screen, the device also has a high-resolution camera that can be used for making videos of the patients when they come in for records and also for displaying real-time footage of the patients to the doctors and specialists that are not present at that time. Voice commands can be used for controlling the device and the company is hoping to retail it worldwide at a price tag of $1500. Pioneering the device in hospitals, Dr. Steven Horng said that the device is not just hands free, but can provide instant information as its in front of people at all times.
In a Sans Francisco bar, a woman was attacked for wearing Google Glass. This is just the latest conflict between the tech giants who have established their headquarters in the city and the residents of the area. Sarah Slocum, a social media consultant was wearing Google Glass at a bar that’s located in the Lower Haight neighborhood. The incident took place at the end of last month when she wore the head mounted computer at Molotov’s bar. However, it was only this weekend when the attack came under international attention. It is a mark of division in Sans Francisco for being the epicenter of the internet age. Slocum was accused by one of the aggressors for ‘killing the city’. She is one of the Google Glass Explorers that were given the task of promoting and testing device for the development team of the search engine giant. While present in the bar, she was showing off its features to some people in the bar, but the gadget’s presence agitated others. She said that they had cursed her and she had decided to record the incident with the camera in the device as she was feeling threatened. She further explained that a man had pulled Google Glass off her face and had run out with it. She was able to get the headset back that she had been using to record the incident after pursuing the man. Slocum posted on her Facebook page that hers was the only hate crime that had happened because of Google Glass. This news follows a horde of other incidents that have taken place in the same city where Google and other tech companies have been targeted by the city’s residents in anti-technology backlash against corporations in Silicon Valley. Huge rent increases have occurred in the city because of the great number of employees of the technology firms. These firms are only 30 miles away from Sans Francisco. Therefore, about 44,000 employees have chosen to live there rather than Silicon Valley. Over the past year, the rental prices saw an increase between 10 to 135% in different neighborhoods of Sans Francisco. Another controversial topic is the use of private buses by the employees for transportation from the city to the different campuses in Silicon Valley. They are called Google buses and according to the city’s residents, they have not led to an increase in traffic congestion, but starved the local public transport of the revenue they need. Alexandra Goldman, the city planner has said that there is about 20% faster rise in rental prices of neighborhoods, which are at a walking distance of Google bus stops as compared to the other areas. Therefore, it is not a surprise to know that various protests have been carried out in the city because of the use of these buses. The use of Google Glass is also being banned in restaurants and shops of Sans Francisco as the technology not just records, but also has the capability of live-streaming the video footage.