Google has received a ton of criticism as it relates to privacy issues with its Glass headset but perhaps they’ve been going at it all wrong. What if Glass wasn’t best suited for consumers but rather for working professionals?
The headset has already found early success in law enforcement, firefighting, medicine, manufacturing and with athletes. It’s an outlet that Google is preparing to explore with its Glass for Work initiative, a program that aims to make it easier for businesses that want to use Glass to connect with developers wanting to serve that particular market.
In the announcement, Google highlights a few cases where developers and corporate clients have already come together to create a successful experience.
The Washington Capitals partnered with APX Labs to create a fan experience where real time stats, instant replay and different camera angles are all brought directly to Capitals fans via Glass. Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield services company, partnered with Wearable Intelligence and is using Glass to increase safety and efficiency for their employees in the field.
Re/code also has the story of Dr. Steve Horng, an emergency room doctor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center that recently credited Glass with helping to save a patient from the chance of permanent disability of death during an operation.
Say what you want about Glass for consumers but there’s no denying that it could be an extremely useful tool for a number of working professionals.
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