The ability to look at a person and get details seems to be a feature that many would expect with Google Glass. While something along those lines may eventually arrive for use in a wide variety of places, it looks like we are getting our first look at a Glass app using facial recognition. This app is called MedRef for Glass and as implied by the name — this one is aimed at the medical profession.
This particular app was built during a recent medical hackathon with the intended use case being to document notes and images of patients. Of course, there is also the facial recognition aspect. There is a video demo of the app, which can be seen below in this post. Those watching the video may get the sense that the app still needs some work. With that in mind, it was said MedRef for Glass is “definitely not feature-packed” just yet.
More to the point, it still needs some work in terms of the facial recognition aspect. Based on the provided example, the MedRef app was only shown to give a result of 55 percent. While that may be good for the random person you meet during a conference and cannot remember their name, that could prove to be very bad in a medical situation. But again, this appears to be nothing more than an early look at what was built in a short time.
Keeping the focus on hospital use and we see this as an opportunity for the medical staff to create notes about a patient and also read notes from others. The notes would basically be the same items you would see in a chart such as care instructions and allergy information, however in a case of Glass — perhaps the more important items such as allergies could be prioritized.
Another potential perk here is that this information could be presented to the medical staff while they work on the patient. This could be a winner in an emergency situation. With that, those who happen to have Google Glass are able to play. The MedRed for Glass app can be found using this link. In addition, the app has also been open-sourced and the project page can be found on GitHub.