Google Glass

By Jonah Comstock July 15, 2015
It's been clear for a while that Google sees the future of the Glass program in the enterprise, rather than through the Explorer program or directly to consumers. Now 9to5Google is reporting that Glass version 2, due out this year, will be distributed exclusively through Google's Glass at Work partners. A full five out of ten of those partners are healthcare or healthcare-adjacent companies:...
By Jonah Comstock July 8, 2015
At the end of 2013 MobiHealthNews published a long post called "Checking up on Dr. Google: How the search giant has tackled health and wellness" that looked at the history of Google's health moves, going all the way back to 2008 with Google Flu Trends and the failed Google Health PHR. Since we wrote that post, the company has launched nearly as many new health-related initiatives as it had in the...
By Jonah Comstock April 21, 2015
Patients are overwhelmingly satisfied with dermatology consults via Google Glass, even preferring them to consultations over the phone, according to a feasibility study recently published in JAMA dermatology. MobiHealthNews wrote about the study last year when Rhode Island Hospital first began to investigate Google Glass, working with Glass startup Pristine. The study was conducted on emergency...
By Jonah Comstock February 13, 2015
After two and half years of negotiations with Google and with the Illinois Department of Public Health, a Skokie, Illinois ambulance service is about to roll out a program to give doctors live access to paramedics' points of view via Google Glass. The Medical Express Ambulance Service, or MedEx for short, will use software developed by Pristine and will work with The Advocate Illinois Masonic...
By Jonah Comstock January 22, 2015
A Glass-wearing doctor, from Augmedix's website. Last week, Google made a controversial announcement about Google Glass: that the Explorer program (by which consumers were able to get access to the devices) was shutting down, and Google Glass would move out of Google's experimental Google X Lab to become their own Google Team, under Nest creator Tony Fadell. As the announcement essentially...
By Aditi Pai January 12, 2015
San Francisco-based Augmedix, which has developed a Google Glass clinical documentation offering for physicians raised $16 million in a round co-led by existing investors Emergence Capital and DCM Ventures. Augmedix has received $23 million in venture funding to date, according to the company. Other existing investors include Great Oaks Venture Capital, and Rock Health’s LPs (Kleiner Perkins,...
By Aditi Pai December 17, 2014
Sony has developed, not a pair of smart glasses, but a device that attaches to any piece of eyewear to make it smart. "This display module possesses the potential to enrich users' lives in a variety of ways," Sony writes in a statement. "By simply attaching it to a pair of fashionable glasses, goggles, sunglasses, or other type of eyewear, you can instantly gain access to visual information that...
By Aditi Pai November 17, 2014
Two and a half years after Google Glass was first announced, its hype train may have lost some steam. According to a report from Reuters, a number of early developers for Google Glass have dropped their projects. Of the 16 Glass app makers that Reuters questioned, nine said that they have stopped working on their projects and three switched from direct-to-consumer offerings to B2B products....
By Brian Dolan October 29, 2014
At Partners HealthCare's Connected Health Symposium last week, Beth Israel Deaconess CIO and SVP Dr. John Halamka led a small panel discussion about the rise of wearables in healthcare with a particular focus on the early days of Google Glass adoption by doctors. In his introductory remarks Halamka briefly laid out a vision for why data from patients' wearables will become increasingly important...
By Aditi Pai September 29, 2014
Austin, Texas-based Pristine, maker of a video streaming Google Glass product for healthcare, raised $5.5 million in a round led by S3 Ventures with participation from Capital Factory, HealthFundr, and strategic clients. This brings the company's total funding to about $6 million. Pristine's flagship product, called EyeSight, streams near-real time audio and video from Glass to authorized iOS...

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