Published on April 23rd, 2020 | by Emergent Enterprise0
Mixed Reality Smartglasses To Help COVID-19 First Responders
MR/XR/AR headset features such as thermal imaging, facial recognition and voice interaction can all be used on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19. Alice Bonasio of VR Scout has a post about just such a product from ThirdEye Gen that is being piloted in Pennsylvania by first responders. Technology such as these MR glasses can deliver immediate and on-demand information that can help save lives not only of the victims but of the healthcare workers. These types of glasses should become the “new normal” of global healthcare.
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ThirdEye Gen, the New Jersey-based company, believes its technology could help save lives during the pandemic.
The X2 MR Glasses weigh just 300 grams and claim to be the world’s smallest mixed reality glasses. Nick Cherukuri, CEO of ThirdEye Gen, says the devices can give front-line medical personnel treating COVID-19 patients access to critical life-saving data and communicate with emergency rooms and command centers in real-time.
“A doctor located 100 miles away could see exactly what the medic sees live from the camera point of view of the glasses. So the medic is hands-free, they can still be helping out the patient,” says Cherukuri, explaining that ThirdEye’s remote help platform allows on-the-scene medical professionals to stream what they’re seeing directly to a remote expert and receive live feedback all while remaining hands-free.
The company normally provides immersive hardware and software solutions for enterprise customers in industries such as healthcare, construction, automotive, and manufacturing. Its MR glasses and AR software platforms are currently used by companies like Verizon, Department of Defense, and Boeing.
The pilot scheme is being rolled out by Marcus Hook Trainer and Upper Merion fire departments in Pennsylvania, spearheaded by Congressman Curt Weldon and sponsored by Energy Transfer and Sunoco LP, which are paying for eight pairs of the X2 Glasses.
“This is about protecting the men and women who are on the front lines,” Weldon told 6abc Action News in a recent report adding that his goal was to push the government and corporate sponsors to provide one of these sets off glasses for every fire and rescue unit in America.
The military-grade technology glasses are equipped with a thermal sensor that allows a paramedic, for example, to take a patient’s temperature with a thermal scanner without needing to touch them, generating a thermal heat maps to detect if the patient has a fever.