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April 9, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 11:16am

5 Google Glass apps that could change the world

Google Glass apps for Parkinson’s sufferers, doctors and consumers.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

From bars and restaurants to casinos and cinemas, there are plenty places Glass may not belong. But there have been some recent examples of how Google Glass is being used to save lives and improve consumer experience.

CBR rounds up five useful real-life apps of Google Glass, starting with the most recently announced ones.

1. Parkinson’s disease

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People suffering from Parkinson’s disease could soon see the benefits of Google Glass.

Researchers at Newcastle University are trialling the technology with a group of Parkinson’s volunteers in efforts to improve their quality of life.

They hope they could help with everyday activities such as reminding them to swallow, speak up and take their medication.

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"The beauty of this research project is we are designing the apps and systems for Glass in collaboration with the users so the resulting applications should exactly meet their needs," explained lead researcher Dr John Vines.

"What was really encouraging from this early study was how well our volunteers took to the wearable technology and the fact that they could see the potential in it."

The results will be presented at a conference in Canada later this month.

2. Medicine

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An emergency room doctor at Bet Israel Deaconess Medical Centre was treating a patient who had recently been brought in for massive internal bleeding in the brain.

Because the doctor was wearing Glass, he was able to quickly access the patient’s medical records and therefore spot that the patient had severe allergic reactions to blood pressure medications.

Dr. Steve Horng said he believes that Google Glass helped save the patient from the chance of permanent disability or death.

"Google Glass enabled me to view this patient’s allergy information and current medication regimen without having to excuse myself to log in to a computer, or even lose eye contact."

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