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MUSC surgeon sees Google Glass in future medical care

MUSC surgeon sees Google Glass in future medical care

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Dr. Joe Sakran, a surgeon at the Medical University of South Carolina, says it's pretty clear why Google Glass caught his eye.

A few months ago, he was asked to be a part of Google Glass' Explorer program to test out Glass and find unique ways of using it. Google Glass is Google's wearable computer that a person wears like a regular pair of prescription eyeglasses.

And a unique way he has found. Dr. Sakran uses Google Glass to share information in his personal and professional life. His main idea for its use will change the way medicine is practiced he says. Google Glass could be used in depressed regions of the world by health care providers with limited training.

"You get a patient that is severely injured." Dr. Sakran said. "They could get help in real time.  They could learn how to complete the operation and save a life."

This is how the technology works. A heads-up display is suspended slightly above your eye. It places data in your field of vision without completely obstructing the view. You can give it voice commands like "Ok glass, share with friends"

But not everything can be done with a voice command, sometimes you  have to touch the arm.

Dr. Sakran is able to easily walk around the hospital wearing his Google Glass while simultaneously browsing the internet, getting directions, sending text messages, taking pictures and talking to staff. He says he feels privileged to be apart of this first step for Google Glass's Explorer Program and looks forward to some day using it as a teaching tool in the operating room.

"The evidence is still not there yet because we are still at the beginning stages but I think with respect to surgical education there is going to be a tremendous amount of utility for this type of technology."

Google Glass went on sale to the public Tuesday for $1,500 plus tax. Buyers will also get a sunglasses shade or one of google's newly-introduced prescription glasses frames with their purchase.

The one-day sale is an expansion of Google's Glass Explorer 2012 program.
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