Stanford Surgical Students Train With Google Glass

When Google Glass first made its way into the marketplace, of course it piqued a lot of people’s curiosity. Pretty much anything that Google invents does. But if you were to ask a group of individuals what the benefits of Google Glass actually are, there’s a good chance that not a lot of them would be able to give a concrete answer.

In a nutshell, Google Glass was created for people on the go. Let’s take athletes, for example. If you were to purchase Strava for Glass (one of Google Glass’s features), as a cyclist you could both track your rides and also visualize your progress all without removing your hands from your handlebars. Or if you’re a golfer, you could buy GolfSight and be able to check your pin distance and course data. And what if you ski or snowboard? Google Glass can also help you to keep track of your friends who are also out in the snow by offering you the capability to send messages to them (through SMS) while still swooshing on the slopes.

Google Glass has also made its way into the workplace. Being that Google Glass features recording capabilities, by requiring their employees to wear it, managers and business owners can monitor their staff’s levels of productivity. Google Glass is also an effective way to see if employees are abiding by work regulations. Also, during staff meetings, Google Glass can be helpful because it’s a great way to take notes without the need for your hands or a pad and pen.

For all of these reasons, it probably should not come as a surprise that it has recently been reported that Stanford surgical students are beginning to train with Google Glass. They are doing so in hopes that it will improve their performance during surgery while also better instructing the observing medical students. By officially partnering up with the live-streaming firm CrowdOptic, Google Glass makes it possible for students in training to be able to get real time instructions and insight from those in the operating room and also those looking on. This ultimately helps the individuals in the operating room, but also medical residents as well.

According to CrowdOptic co-founder and CEO Jon Fisher, doctors are already considering this new form of technology to be truly groundbreaking. That’s because Google Glass makes it so much easier for medical students to get the thorough kind of medical training that they need in order to truly thrive in their field.

And while according to many news outlets including TechnoGigs , Stanford is a school that is currently receiving quite a bit of media attention for using Google Glass, they technically are not the first. In 2013, a doctor at Ohio State University reportedly also used Google Glass in order to live-stream surgery on one of his patient’s knees. And with all of the buzz that is surrounding how Google Glass can be used in this way, it’s just a matter of time before other medical schools will want to incorporate Google Glass for similar purposes.

To say that Google Glass is innovative is an understatement. On so many levels and in so many ways, it’s helping people to see—clearer.

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