Google Glass

By Aditi Pai April 17, 2014
This week, Google opened Google Glass sales to the general public for one day only and before the day ended the limited supply of Glass devices that Google offered sold out. While there is clearly some demand for the wearable device, another camp is more skeptical about the role Google Glass will play in the life of consumers and professionals. One prediction is that Google Glass will find...
By Jonah Comstock April 14, 2014
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital has begun working with a startup called Wearable Intelligence to deploy Google Glass in the emergency department. The hospital has four Glass devices shared among 10 emergency department physicians, including CIO John Halamka, who thinks Glass has the potential to, in some ways, be the new iPad. "So I said a couple of years ago, if you had a tablet computer with a...
By Jonah Comstock March 11, 2014
Lead Researcher Dr. Paul Porter dons Google Glass in a video from RI Hospital's website. Rhode Island Hospital has begun a feasability study using Google Glass to provide dermatology consultations to patients in the emergency room. For six months, emergency room patients who require a dermatology consult and consent to the study will be examined by ER physicians wearing a stripped-down version...
By Aditi Pai March 4, 2014
Researchers in the Ozcan Research group at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a Google Glass app that allows users to interpret diagnostic test strips for a variety of diseases and health conditions, such as HIV, malaria, and prostate cancer. The research was published in ACS Nano, a journal that publishes articles on nanoscience and nanotechnology...
By Aditi Pai January 17, 2014
Google has officially announced its intentions to develop smart contact lenses, as a noninvasive method of measuring blood glucose levels in people with diabetes, according to Google's blog. "At Google[x], we wondered if miniaturized electronics—think: chips and sensors so small they look like bits of glitter, and an antenna thinner than a human hair—might be a way to crack the mystery of tear...
By Jonah Comstock November 20, 2013
Google made big news recently when it announced Google Calico, a new venture that would apply "some longer term, moonshot thinking around healthcare and biotechnology," putting the minds at Google toward the problems of aging and illness. Calico is far from Google's first venture into health or wellness, however. The company's (ultimately failed) PHR venture Google Health was one high profile...
By Jonah Comstock August 5, 2013
Google Glass may or may not be on its way to catching on with the consumer crowd, but, if nothing else, it shows that Google doesn't think consumers will have a problem wearing a computer on their head. As wearable health real estate goes, the head is a contentious spot for a sensor, but a number of companies are making a go for it. Brainwave sensors, like Emotiv, which has already raised $400,...
By Brian Dolan August 1, 2013
Google Glass is the highest profile wearable device right now. While it exists and thousands of beta testers have prototype versions of it, it's not commercially available yet. What's striking about the current Google Glass conversation -- especially in healthcare -- is that so little of it is critical. Even the iPad at launch stirred emotions among physicians and health IT types who were quick...
By Jonah Comstock April 24, 2013
Monitoring heart rate and calorie burn is helpful for any kind of athlete, but for one sport in particular, traditional wearable trackers won't cut it: swimming. A Beirut, Lebanon-based startup called Instabeat is looking to fill that gap. Instabeat has been in development for two years, appearing at events like TED and CES in the meantime. The company has received seed funding and built a...
By Jonah Comstock December 17, 2012
Earlier this month, when Google updated one of its premiere Android applications, it quietly added a personal activity tracker. Google Now is an Android-only app that uses Google services to smartly deliver users various kinds of information to help them throughout their day - without them having to ask. When Google updated the application at the beginning of December, they didn't mention the...