Google Glass

By Jonah Comstock August 4, 2017
A lot of people think Google Glass, the tech company's experiment with augmented reality and wearable computing, died when the Glass Explorer program closed up shop in 2015. In fact, the technology has continued to find a home with enterprise applications, particularly in healthcare. Indianapolis-based Hodei Technology is bringing Glass to hospitals in two different ways: as a tool for surgeons...
By Jonah Comstock August 2, 2017
Nashville, Tennessee-based Satchel Health has picked up another $1.5 million in funding, less than a year after its million-dollar angel round. Existing investor NueCura Partners contributed along with an unnamed group of local investors. This brings the company's total funding to about $2.5 million. “The board’s decision to seek an additional round of funding is a result of an increasing need...
By Jeff Lagasse July 20, 2017
When Google Glass was first launched, it was targeted primarily to consumers, the idea being that they would be able to access the web within their line of vision utilizing what was billed as sleek and stylish technology. But it may have found new life in professional settings, including healthcare, where clinicians are using it to increase efficiency. Dignity Health has been among the first to...
By Jonah Comstock May 17, 2017
San Diego-based Aira has raised $12 million to continue developing its smart glasses that combine AI and remote human agents to help blind and low-vision people navigate the world. JAZZ Venture Partners and Arboretum Ventures led the round and existing investors Lux Capital, ARCH Venture Partners and Felicis Ventures participated. The National Federation of the Blind joined the round as a...
By Heather Mack December 7, 2016
San Francisco-based Augmedix, which makes a smartglass-based remote scribe platform to reduce the amount of time physicians spend on EHR charting, has raised $23 million in a round led by new investors McKesson Ventures and OrbiMed. Previously, the company raised $17 million, and this latest round brings the company’s total funding to over $60 million. The funds will be used to build out Augmedix...
By Heather Mack August 30, 2016
Ride-sharing company Lyft has partnered with GreatCall, which makes connected health and safety solutions for the aging population to offer a new transportation program. The GreatCall Rides program will provide GreatCall customers with access to Lyft without an app by leveraging GreatCall’s personal operator services. (Customers just have to dial “0” on their Jitterbug phones). The initial pilot...
By Jonah Comstock May 2, 2016
When we reported on Augmedix's $17 million funding round last week, we noted that most of the other healthcare-focused Google Glass startups had pivoted into other areas. We mentioned Pristine, Wearable Intelligence, and Remedy, but left out a few more, including CrowdOptic, an enterprise livestreaming company that, in fact, continues its work in healthcare. CrowdOptic today announced its first...
By Jonah Comstock April 25, 2016
Augmedix, a San Francisco-based startup that uses Google Glass to reduce the time physicians spend on documentation, has raised $17 million in strategic investments in a round that includes some of its largest health plan customers: Sutter Health, Dignity Health, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), TriHealth Inc. and one other which chose to remain anonymous. Some traditional VCs also participated...
By Jonah Comstock July 15, 2015
It's been clear for a while that Google sees the future of the Glass program in the enterprise, rather than through the Explorer program or directly to consumers. Now 9to5Google is reporting that Glass version 2, due out this year, will be distributed exclusively through Google's Glass at Work partners. A full five out of ten of those partners are healthcare or healthcare-adjacent companies:...
By Jonah Comstock July 8, 2015
At the end of 2013 MobiHealthNews published a long post called "Checking up on Dr. Google: How the search giant has tackled health and wellness" that looked at the history of Google's health moves, going all the way back to 2008 with Google Flu Trends and the failed Google Health PHR. Since we wrote that post, the company has launched nearly as many new health-related initiatives as it had in the...