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Major Takeaways:

  • By 2018, over 25 million head-mounted displays will have been sold – Gartner
  • Augmedix is being used in 37 clinics across America – Augmedix Co-Founder, Pelu Train
  • Augmedix is an app for Google Glass that automatically takes notes for doctors during patient visits
  • Osterhout Design Group worked on smart glasses for six years targeting specific sectors, such as government and the military industry

Excerpts from CCTV America:

While Glass failed to hit the consumer market, many believe the market for professional purposes is more attainable. Augmedix is an app and service for Google Glass that automatically takes notes for doctors, allowing them to concentrate solely on their patient.

“Throughout the process patients are empowered to decide what they want. And over 99 percent of our patients decide they want to use Glass. And it’s because of the benefits,” Pelu Tran, Co-founder of Augmedix said. “The doctor can spend more time paying attention to you, they’re not distracted…they are able to spend their time with you less stressed out.”

Tran said Augmedix is being used in 37 clinics across America, and that it’s natural for technology to hit enterprise first and consumers second.

“You saw the smartphone first on your service person to look up inventory levels, you saw the tablet first on your Fedex delivery man, you didn’t see them on a teenager at the mall,” Tran said.

“Smartphones and tablets, these are all things that started on enterprise first. It’s exactly what we are seeing with Google Glass.”

CCTV continues:

Osterhout Design Group (ODG) has taken the opposite approach of Google, staying relatively unknown as it worked on smart glasses for six years targeting specific sectors, such as government and the military industry. ODG plans to release a model for the consumer market.

ODG’s industrial glasses cost about $5,000. They’ll cut that to about $1,000 for the consumer grade, which is 30 percent smaller and 20 percent lighter. The optical system is also 80 percent see-through, and parts are removable and replaceable.

“At one end, we have our friends at Google who have a very tiny device, out of the way, more status device,” Nima Shams, Vice President of ODG said. “On the other hand we have our friends out Oculus, very immersive, gaming. But it requires a hefty computer. It’s not see through. ODG finds itself right in the middle of those two.”

It’s mobile yet as powerful as a hi-end tablet, featuring wifi, bluetooth and video that ODG said is equivalent to sitting 10-feet away from a 65-inch HD TV. Shams called it augmented reality because the wearer remains rooted in the real world as opposed to virtual reality.

The specs push the boundaries with the capability to make buildings pop up from this piece of paper, the idea being you could view how a design would look right at a potential site.

“I look at a bus sign and it tells me if the buses are delayed,” Shams said. “If I look at video or poster for a movie, it starts playing the poster. So it assists your reality.”

Research firm Gartner predicted that by 2018, more than 25 million head-mounted displays will have been sold.