Earlier this week, I read a little bit about Google Glass, a soon-to-be-released augmented reality device comprised of a headset in the form-factor of glasses, connected to the Internet via WiFi, or Bluetooth-tethered to a smartphone. Essentially, Google Glass will combine the function of a head-mounted video camera with a heads-up display for apps running on the device.
Body worn video is spreading quickly in policing, firefighting, and emergency medical services. We are already using some of these devices locally here in Lincoln. I believe the day is not far off when it is common for U.S. police officers and paramedics to be recording and/or streaming video from body-worn systems as they go about their daily work, as many departments do now with in-vehicle camera systems.
What intrigued me about Google Glass, however, wasn't video. Rather, it is the concept of a wearable heads-up display. I can picture all sorts of potential for this. Imagine this application projected in the upper left corner of your heads up display as you move about, or the response from a registration query on your mobile data computer popping into your HUD, or the patient's vital signs.