Google Glass

By Jonah Comstock May 2, 2016
When we reported on Augmedix's $17 million funding round last week, we noted that most of the other healthcare-focused Google Glass startups had pivoted into other areas. We mentioned Pristine, Wearable Intelligence, and Remedy, but left out a few more, including CrowdOptic, an enterprise livestreaming company that, in fact, continues its work in healthcare. CrowdOptic today announced its first...
By Jonah Comstock April 25, 2016
Augmedix, a San Francisco-based startup that uses Google Glass to reduce the time physicians spend on documentation, has raised $17 million in strategic investments in a round that includes some of its largest health plan customers: Sutter Health, Dignity Health, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), TriHealth Inc. and one other which chose to remain anonymous. Some traditional VCs also participated...
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....