Breezing Along with the RML: Google Glass

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A general overview of Google Glass, its uses in healthcare/information technology, and how librarians can play a role in pioneering this type of technology.


  • 1. Google Glass @ KUMC Christina Magnifico & Heather Collins
  • 2. It started with a tweet Google started an #IfIHadGlass essay contest in March of 2013. I tweeted and then wrote an essay about how I would use Google Glass within a library. Though I wasnt chosen in the first round (8,000 winners), I was chosen in the second round!
  • 3. Then I received an email The offer was only good for 7 days and was sent on a Friday afternoon. After the weekend, I mentioned it to Heather and she helped set the ball in motion! We purchased Glass on the last day it was available, and it was shipped the next day! It was even shipped same day air!
  • 4. The unboxing
  • 5. Exploring The card on the top of the Google Glass box. It really makes you feel like youre part of something awesome!
  • 6. Glass is for everyone! Christina Heather Sara
  • 7. Tech Specs Fit/Physical Aspects Adjustable nosepads Durable frames Display High res display (eq. to a 25 inch high def screen 8+ ft away) Camera Photos: 5 MP Video: 720p Audio Bone conduction transducer Connectivity Wifi: 802.11 b/g Bluetooth Storage 12 GB usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage (16 GB flash total) Battery One day of typical use 45 min of continuous video Mobile compatibility MyGlass companion app Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher iOS (iOS 7 or later Can be used as a Bluetooth headset with any Bluetooth compatible phone
  • 8. Playground Design Develop Distribute Google packages everything for developers: Style (Metrics & Grids, Layout Templates, Color, Typography, Writing) API* (Pattern Guides, API documents, Samples, Toolkits, Downloads) Marketing (Best Practices, Launch Checklist, Help w/ Submission, Feedback Directly from Google) Glass is Open source Accessible Intuitive Innovative Nearly invisible *Application programming interface
  • 9. What Does it Do?
  • 10. #throughglass DVF [through Glass] | Examination of Hand [through Glass]
  • 11. Glass Projects Library -Providing outreach -Middle School STEM -Demonstrations -Telemedicine, SOM Collaborations -KU/KUMC IMLS Grant -Starting May 2014 (approx) -ICAP-Peds Grant -In-situ simulation -Interprofessional opportunities
  • 12. Glassware Applications Called Glassware Lots of different apps!
  • 13. Glassware Cont
  • 14. Sharing Presentations Reflector Reflector is an AirPlay receiver that allows you to wirelessly display your iPad or iPhone on your computer. Mirror your device on a big screen without wires or complicated setups. Play games, watch movies, demo apps or present on the big screen from your iPhone or iPad. With Reflector, everything you do on your mobile device is wirelessly streamed to your computer in real time!
  • 15. Hangouts How could Hangouts be utilized..?
  • 16. Google Glass + Hangouts used for procedural coaching!
  • 17. How do you connect to Glass and its apps? Android iOS
  • 18. MyGlass App on iOS
  • 19. Google Glass + Project Tango What can I do with it? What if you could walk into a store and see exactly where that thing you need to buy is, or play hide-and-seek in your home with that character from your favorite game, or help the visually-impaired navigate that place they have never been able to go on their own? Think of the library applications!!! Project Tango Website
  • 20. Google Goggles + Google Glass Search by taking a picture: point your mobile phone camera at a painting, a famous landmark, a barcode or QR code, a product, or a popular image. If Goggles finds it in its database, it will provide you with useful information. Goggles can read text in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish, and translate it into other languages. Goggles also works as a barcode / QR code scanner. Features: -Scan barcodes using Goggles to get product information -Scan QR codes using Goggles to extract information -Recognize famous landmarks -Translate by taking a picture of foreign language text -Add Contacts by scanning business cards or QR codes -Scan text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) -Recognize paintings, books, DVDs, CDs, and just about any 2D image -Solve Sudoku puzzles -Find similar products
  • 21. Google Glass + EMRs Doctor Credits Google Glass for Saving this Patients Life he man knew he was allergic to certain blood pressure medications, but could not recall the exact names. He had also taken a blood thinner which further complicated the situation. Since giving the patient the wrong drug or inaccurate dosage could do more harm than good, Horng needed to know the man's specific allergies. Yet stepping out of the room to check his file or do some research, could have put the man's life in danger. So Horng turned to Google Glass and quickly asked the device, which can access any patient files, to pull up the man's medical records. Horng had his answer almost instantly and was able to administer the right medications to slow the bleeding and save the man's life, he recalled to HuffPost.
  • 22. Using it in the Wild Pair with mobile phone (Bluetooth) Mobile hotspot on phone Free public Wifi Prepaid Wifi Freedom Pop Guaranteed high speed wireless Internet on all your devices no matter where you go. Whether in the airport or at the beach, FreedomPop's elegant pocket-size hotspots ensure you always have free wifi for your tablet, computer and phone.
  • 23. Wanna Get Started? There is currently a waiting list for the next batch of Glass Explorers While you wait Samsung device Eyez by Zioneyez Check out the KUMC Google Glass LibGuide
  • 24. Whats Next? Google has filed for a patent on a contact lens that would offer telescopic vision, night/infrared vision, facial recognition, early warning for heath issues and video/picture capability!
  • 25. So what role do libraries play? Enhanced library tours Project Tango, RFID POV Library Lectures Showing EXACTLY what librarians do Makerspaces Augmented reality Create tutorials Using library resources
  • 26. Libraries + Glass cont Librarians as Partners Content creators Demonstrators Developers Writing (help writing) applications Open Source development API resources
  • 27. Thanks! Christina Magnifico & Heather Collins Christina Magnifico Research and Learning Specialist A.R. Dykes Health Science Library, Research and Learning Heather Collins, MLS Assistant Director A.R. Dykes Health Science Library, Research and Learning


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