How does it look to play tennis and perform surgeries through Google Glass? [VIDEO]

Google Glass enables a lot of different folks to do a lot of different things. For tennis star Bethanie Mattek-Sands, it helps her stay on task throughout her busy day-to-day life, allowing her a more clear approach to mental and physical preparation for big events like Wimbledon. It’s a very quick and interesting video to take in — about two and a half minutes’ worth — so be sure to check it out when you have time and see how life is helping Mrs. Mattek-Sands stay on track.

For others, like Dr. Rafael Grossmann of the Eastern Maine Medical Center, it has its purpose in documenting an operation from the surgeon’s point of view from start to finish, as well as allowing colleagues to sit in on a surgery from afar through the advent of Hangouts.

Imagine making a wrong turn at an artery and having your medical peers immediately be able to tell you where you went wrong. Imagine a group of students being able to take in the experience of a surgery from the surgeon’s point of view, something that could be very valuable in developing their own talents and confidence. And imagine just being able to go over the surgery again to evaluate your performance and improve for the next time you have to perform one.

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Those are all situations Rafael Grossmann are excited to be able to facilitate through Glass (or #throughglass, for you “hip” folks out there). Says Grossman:

I was able to show not just the patient’s abdomen, but also the endoscopic view, in a very clever, simple and inexpensive way.

Grossmann mentioned that his setup was a poor man’s job, and that he’d wished his endoscopic camera feed could be delivered directly to the Hangout. Luckily for him, some of the ingenious folks with Glass in-hand — such as those on the @Droiders team – are already working on making that a reality.

While us common folk might not ever be able to view a medical procedure performed through Google Glass, we’re still quite excited at the possibilities it could help enable in a field that could always use a dash of new technology to help improve the health and lives of everyone.

[via PCMag]

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  • scoter man1

    In reality the doctor said “I was able to check Facebook, my email and all of my future surgeries AND post a nicely filtered pic of a kidney to instagram”

    • Brian

      I was in an operating room once as an observer and they talked about who the nurses were dating, shopping, shoes, etc (the surgeon was a woman). They said very little about the surgery. I’m a pilot and people would be surprised what goes on the on the flight deck (we can’t say cockpit anymore). Guess what… Don’t tell anyone but….the pilot isn’t flying the plane 99% of the time.

      • Alan Shearer

        Oh that is common knowledge, most pilots only really fly during takeoff and landings, and even then when weather is bad to worse since on a clear day autopilot can land and take off easily (still nice to have a living pilot in case something goes wrong though)

      • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

        Pretty sure most people already knew that the autopilot was in charge most of the time. Soon enough AI will completely kill off the commercial pilot profession – well, except for the TOKEN pilot who sits up there to assure old grandmas that HAL9000 won’t crash the plane.

        (I had no idea you couldn’t say COCKPIT anymore, though. Ladies offended? Really?! Hah.)

        • Brian

          Yes, the female pilots might be offended.

      • ari_free

        “I’m a pilot and people would be surprised what goes on the on the flight
        deck (we can’t say cockpit anymore). Guess what… Don’t tell anyone
        but….the pilot isn’t flying the plane 99% of the time.”

        oh we know,,,

  • louched1

    “Imagine making a wrong turn at an artery and having your medical peers immediately be able to tell you where you went wrong.”

    That sounds horrible! lol

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      “OH, DEAR GOD, MAN! YOU KILLED HER!!!”

      • Larkhillv

        Suddenly, cases of medical malpractice become expeditious procedures, lol.

    • ari_free

      “Imagine making a wrong turn at an artery…”

      Could be worse. Imagine if they used Apple Maps.

  • EP_2012

    Glass really only seems to have useful applications for people who have extraordinary lives… Skydivers, Pro athletes, Surgeons, Extreme Sports celebrities.

    • ari_free

      “I don’t always go sky diving but when I do, I prefer Google Glass. Stay Thirsty, my friends.”

  • hemipw54

    Nothing new same old lame stuff.
    A $29.95 addition to a phone.

  • Aron Tripp

    Dammit, the headline made it sound like one person was doing BOTH of those things AT THE SAME TIME!!