Google Glass

Added Oct 31, 2013

Manufactured and Distributed by Google

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Google Glass is a pair of glasses with an integrated computer that allows the user to see a head up display (HUD). The Glass can be controlled with voice commands or a side touchpad, it also incorporates an externally facing camera to record pictures and video. When this all comes together, the wearer is able to experience “augmented reality” where visual content can be overlaid into an existing line of sight.

The image output from an image intensifier, ultrasound machine or CT scanner could be sent live to the Glass to give the operator a true head up display image of the procedure without having to look around at the equipment monitors.

The Glass could also be used to give a true 'point of view' live video of procedures being performed by an expert to teach students or by a trainee who can then be monitored remotely by the expert/mentor.

Drs Haslam and Mafeld have discussed the potential applications for Glass in Interventional Radiology in a recent Editorial.

The 'Explorer Edition' of Glass has the following technical specifications. (Wikipedia)

  • Android 4.0.4 and higher
  • 640×360 display
  • 5-megapixel camera, capable of 720p video recording
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth
  • 16GB storage (12 GB available)
  • Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 SoC 1.2Ghz Dual(ARMv7)
  • 682MB RAM 
  • 3 axis gyroscope 
  • 3 axis accelerometer 
  • 3 axis magnetometer (compass)
  • Ambient light sensing and proximity sensor 
  • Bone conduction transducer


The version to be released to the general public in 2014 is highly likely to have higher specifications than the explorer edition.

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