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Evaluation of Google Glass Technical Limitations on Their Integration in Medical Systems

Instituto Universitario de Investigación de Aplicaciones de las Tecnologías de la Información y de las Comunicaciones Avanzadas (ITACA), Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Camino de Vera S/N, Valencia 46022, Spain
Unidad Mixta de Reingeniería de Procesos Sociosanitarios (eRPSS), Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria del Hospital Universitario y Politecnico La Fe, Bulevar Sur S/N, Valencia 46026, Spain
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editors: Octavian Adrian Postolache, Alex Casson and Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay
Sensors 2016, 16(12), 2142;
Received: 14 October 2016 / Revised: 8 December 2016 / Accepted: 13 December 2016 / Published: 15 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensing Technology for Healthcare System)
Google Glass is a wearable sensor presented to facilitate access to information and assist while performing complex tasks. Despite the withdrawal of Google in supporting the product, today there are multiple applications and much research analyzing the potential impact of this technology in different fields of medicine. Google Glass satisfies the need of managing and having rapid access to real-time information in different health care scenarios. Among the most common applications are access to electronic medical records, display monitorizations, decision support and remote consultation in specialties ranging from ophthalmology to surgery and teaching. The device enables a user-friendly hands-free interaction with remote health information systems and broadcasting medical interventions and consultations from a first-person point of view. However, scientific evidence highlights important technical limitations in its use and integration, such as failure in connectivity, poor reception of images and automatic restart of the device. This article presents a technical study on the aforementioned limitations (specifically on the latency, reliability and performance) on two standard communication schemes in order to categorize and identify the sources of the problems. Results have allowed us to obtain a basis to define requirements for medical applications to prevent network, computational and processing failures associated with the use of Google Glass. View Full-Text
Keywords: Google Glass; throughput; integration; surgery; imaging; medical systems Google Glass; throughput; integration; surgery; imaging; medical systems
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Martinez-Millana, A.; Bayo-Monton, J.-L.; Lizondo, A.; Fernandez-Llatas, C.; Traver, V. Evaluation of Google Glass Technical Limitations on Their Integration in Medical Systems. Sensors 2016, 16, 2142.

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