Google Glass used to livestream surgery across town

It doesn’t take too much of an imagination to think about the potential uses of Google Glass...

It doesn’t take too much of an imagination to think about the potential uses of Google Glass. The wearable device has many applications in all fields, and here’s an example of it being used by medical professionals: a surgeon at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has used Glass to consult with a distant colleague while using live, point-of-view video from the operating room.

“It’s a privilege to be a part of this project as we explore how this exciting new technology might be incorporated into the everyday care of our patients,” said Dr Christopher Kaeding, the physician who performed the surgery and director of sports medicine at Ohio State.  “To be honest, once we got into the surgery, I often forgot the device was there. It just seemed very intuitive and fit seamlessly.”



During the procedure at the medical center’s University East facility, Kaeding wore the device as he performed ACL surgery on Paula Kobalka, who hurt her knee playing softball.  As he performed her operation at a facility on the east side of Columbus, Google Glass showed his vantage point via the Internet to an audience miles away.

One of Kaeding's Colleagues, Dr Robert Magnussen, watched the surgery in his office from across the town. Several students at the Ohio State University College of Medcine also watched it on their laptops.

“To have the opportunity to be a medical student and share in this technology is really exciting,” said Ryan Blackwell, a second-year medical student who watched the surgery remotely. “This could have huge implications, not only from the medical education perspective, but because a doctor can use this technology remotely, it could spread patient care all over the world in places that we don’t have it already.”

In another example of unique uses of Glass, a developer recently managed to control a Parrot AR drone by getting Glass to detect the movement of his head. Read more about it here.

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