Dr. Christopher Kaeding of the Ohio State University Medical center has become a part of a landmark moment. On August 21, utilizing streaming functions on Google’s wearable computer Google Glass, Kaeding transmitted a routine ACL surgery to his students miles away.
Issuing the command “Okay, Glass. Operate,” Kaeding began the procedure using the front mounted camera to show his students miles away the proper protocols for handling operations like this. As the surgery was under way, Kaeding consulted with his colleague Dr. Robert Magnussen who was monitoring this experiment from his laptop simultaneously with Kaeding’s students.
He expressed how comfortable he was with Google Glass. The role it played in the surgery emphasizes some important uses it could have once Google Glass hits the market. Voice commands and video apps would enable these glasses to help doctors quickly view X-rays, pathology reports and other reference materials.
Kaeding was able to acquire the computer through the Google Glass Explorer program. Google Glass is predicted to arrive in stores in 2014.