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Google Glass Is Now Being Used To Teach the Doctors of Tomorrow

by Brandon Russell | July 30, 2014July 30, 2014 3:00 pm PST

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As part of Google’s Glass at Work initiative, CrowdOptic on Wednesday announced it will provide its technology to the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Standford University Medical Center for resident in training. The use of Google Glass technology has been implemented in surgery before, but this is a wider project aimed at helping improve the doctors of tomorrow.

According to CrowdOptic’s announcement, the software will allow Glass wearers to “inherit another’s point of view, simply by looking in the other user’s direction.” That will allow surgeons in training to see what an actual surgeon sees during complex surgical procedures or visa versa. Sounds complicated, but the utilization of the technology is surprisingly simple.

The hope, CrowdOptic says, is to provide direct visual feedback to residents conducting operations. That, in turn, will lead to more competent cardiothoracic surgeons. The company’s technology will be deployed at Stanford Medical Center first, giving students and faculty the opportunity to train in a number of different settings.

For all of Glass’s relative redundancy for the average smartphone user, implementing the technology for the betterment of mankind is always welcome. Hopefully with more applications in the future, surgeons will become even more proficient in their craft with the help of Glass. Having a cyborg doctor might not sound all that comforting, but if the technology improves medicine, why not take advantage of it?

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...