Google Glass eye wearable device did not take off as it was projected to be, but the device is helping Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics communicate with ease with doctors during emergencies. The augmented-reality headset is being used by paramedics and EMTs assessing patients and making them consult with surgeons and doctors at the hospital in real time, Popular Science reported. University of Massachusetts ‘Medical School (UMMS) is set to organize a drill this fall with first responders wearing Google Glass to see if it improves emergency assessment. The university will also deploy a drone equipped with heat sensors to help find patients and determine which ones need the most urgent attention. Also Read - New avatar of Google Chrome’s offline dinosaur game: How you can play
“During disasters, emergency rooms typically get overwhelmed. So when truly injured patients show up later, we have nowhere to put them,” said Peter Chai, emergency medical physician at UMMS. Stanford University is also using Google Glass to help kids with autism. The university’s Autism Glass Project provides families with facial recognition software that helps interpret facial expressions. Google Glass is also being used by a team of researchers in developing a ‘smart’ portable system that will use functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to measure a person’s brain activity on the go. The applications for fNIRS are endless — from training air traffic controllers and drone operators to studying how students with disabilities learn best or why different people are more receptive to certain commercials. Also Read - Timex Helix Smart 2.0 with temperature sensor, heart rate sensor launched: Details here
“This is a new trend called neuroergonomics. It’s the study of the brain at work — cognitive neuroscience plus human factors,” said Hasan Ayaz, associate research professor at Drexel University. The phrase “neuroergonomics” was coined by the late Raja Parasuraman, former professor at George Mason University and the co-author of the study. Until now, most studies involving fNIRS took place indoors. A group of Drexel biomedical engineers, in collaboration with researchers at George Mason University, have now brought their portable fNIRS system “into the wild.” In their study, published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, the researchers successfully measured the brain activity of participants navigating a college campus outdoors.