"We did a series of dry lab experimentations to demonstrate that hand-eye coordination and the distraction using the Glass was minimal, and that the images could be readily brought up and removed from the vision of the surgeon," Theodore says. "We sought limited use in a single specialty for the first pilot trials, and we set certain metrics and aims."
Wi-Fi and Privacy Considerations
Among the early findings: operating rooms contain lots of equipment that interferes with Wi-Fi. Google Glass depends upon Wi-Fi to receive data, so data transfer protocols may need to be more forgiving, and the need for a more robust Wi-Fi infrastructure is clear. (That's a subject I'll write in another column.)
It's clear that it's still early days for this technology. Technicians are required to magnify images. "Down the road what will be important is the hands-free manipulation, so no additional technician will be required to project the images," Theodore says.
Despite the initial security precautions already taken, Theodore is concerned about Glass data that lives in the cloud, and moves over the Internet. "A lot of this information is actually transferred over networks, of which certain portions of those networks can be less than perfectly secure," he says. "That of course becomes more and more important as we think about transferring information over a whole variety of wireless networks."