In the medical school training future, a professor won’t have to look over the shoulder of a student during surgery to know if things are going well. The Google Glass-wearing teacher will just glance over at the student’s own Glass device and instantly see the surgery from the student’s point of view.
That’s the vision of a Glass application announced today by CrowdOptic in collaboration with Stanford University Medical Center. CrowdOptic, a maker of mobile and wearable broadcasting solutions, said it is working with the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford to help improve resident training in complex surgical procedures.
CrowdOptic’s software, also used in sports, entertainment, and security and building controls industries, lets one Google Glass wearer “inherit” another’s point of view simply by looking in the other user’s direction.
The technology promises new advantages in surgical training, especially in an area such as cardiothoracic training, where it’s difficult for an attending surgeon to give direct visual feedback to residents conducting operations. The sight-line restrictions in the operating room make it challenging without Glass for the teacher to see exactly what the student is seeing.
CrowdOptic previously announced a similar testing program with UC San Francisco.
(Stanford School of Medicine photo by Daniel Hartwig. Used via Creative Commons license.)