NAHC President Tests Google Glass
Product has implications for the home care and hospice community
June 3, 2014 10:45 AM
NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris recently had the opportunity to try out Google Glass - a product from the same Innovations Division at Google that has produced the driver-less automobile. In his assessment, Google Glass will be a runaway best selling product transforming the Smartphone world in ways that most people cannot imagine.
Google describes Google Glass as the first of a long line of hands free, head mounted intelligence devices. They say it is a wearable computer with an optical head mounted display. It looks like a pair of glasses, but the lenses are an interactive smartphone-like display with natural language voice command as ell as Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.
A touch pad is built into the temple of the "glasses" allowing the user control the device by sweeping through the displays on the screen.
The device has the ability to take photos and receive video. It is powered by Android and is compatible with Android devices.
There is a dime size enlarger lens, which is shown in the pair Mr. Halamandaris is wearing in the accompanying photograph. The person’s email appears in this lens and "crawls" much like the text that appears in the bottom of television news programs while the main story being discussed dominates the frame.
At an industry technology conference this past week, Google co-founder, Sergei Brin told the audience that Google will not be releasing their face recognition software or integrating into Google Glass in the immediate future.
This feature caught the interest of the home care and hospice community, which it was first mentioned at the National Association for Homecare and Hospice Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City in 2002 by Alex "Sandy" Pentland, head of the MIT Health Media Lab. The product would be very helpful to elderly persons with the early on-set of dementia. The glasses he described as developed at MIT would give the wearer the name of the person whose that had been forgotten by the wearer in a subliminal "cut” that would appear in the bottom of the glasses where only the wearer could see for a split second.
Google made the product available for purchase for one day at a cost of $1,500. The world clamored to acquire it. Interestingly, several police forces are testing the product and intend, if it works as described, outfit their entire force.