New Google Glass hack gives doctors the power of face recognition

While there’s a lot of talk about how Google Glass could one day find use in hospitals, hackers are creating that future today.

A group of programmers has created an app for Glass that doctors could use to pull up patient files just by looking at their faces. The app, dubbed MedRefGlass, is still in its early stages, but it showcases a potential future for Glass that’s not just interesting but also extremely useful.

“Some people I talked to said hospitals are full of very busy people, often with their hands full, working with a lot of information — so Google Glass making it wearable is especially looked forward to there,” Lance Nanek, one of MedRefGlass creators, said on his blog.

In addition to face recognition, MedRefGlass also enables doctors to create patient folders by voice, take photos, and add voice notes.  The future of hospitals, it seems, is (mostly) hands-free.

Watch the video below to get a better idea of how the app works.

Photo: Jolie O’Dell/VentureBeat

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