Why surgeons are a key target for some Google Glass app developers

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Before he even knew that Google Glass was in the works, Partho Sengupta was salivating at the potential for smart eyewear in healthcare. In a draft article for a top medical journal two years ago, the Mt. Sinai cardiologist said he gushed so effusively about the possibilities for such a device that his wearable technology comment was edited out because it was deemed too futuristic.

But maybe his sentiments would be received differently now.

That’s because, these days, uber-early Google Glass adopters are actually wearing their high-tech headgear around town.  And as they show off its hands-free and voice-activated features, it’s becoming increasingly clear that medical professionals – who spend hours each day on their feet and with their hands engaged – could be among those to benefit most from the new technology. Even skeptics, who doubt the consumer appetite for Glass, say they see a much brighter future for…

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Google bets on Glasses for the masses, buys a 6.3% stake in display supplier

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Google(s goog) now owns a small portion of Himax(s himx), the supplier that makes the tiny display in Google Glass. On Monday, Himax announced the deal with Google buying 6.3 percent of the company’s stock. Google also has a one-year option to purchase more shares at the same price; if it exercises that option in full, Google would own 14.8 percent of the Taiwan-based manufacturer.

TechCrunch spotted the news release and says the company plans to use the added investment to boost production. The display component is key to Google Glass, which puts web searches, notifications and other information on a small screen in the glasses. While the glasses don’t have a dedicated connection to the internet, they can use a smartphone’s mobile broadband radio to send and receive data. An integrated camera is used for capturing video or still images with the device.

Google Glass ElizaGoogle has said previously…

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