March 18, 2014 Leave a Comment
When it comes to Google Glass, I think we are all wondering the same thing. What real value does Google Glass serve in our society? Do we really need to be “connected” 24/7? Thanks to innovators such as Patrick Jackson, the answer is Yes.
Patrick Jackson, a computer savvy firefighter in North Carolina, has developed an app for Google Glass that transmits crucial information to the forefront of an emergency in the blink of an eye. “I’ll hear a little notification and can look up into the top corner of my vision and see a map of where it is,” says Jackson. “I see the location of the incident and what type of call it is.”
During a crisis, every millisecond counts. This app will allow firemen to access dispatch information without having to reach for their radios or phones. So while some people may see Google Glass as a distraction, Jackson sees it as a way to use time efficiently. Eventually, Jackson plans on adding more features such as information of buildings including blueprints, building hazards and contact information.
The idea first came to him at a Google Glass convention. “They had a video of some guy diving out of a blimp wearing Glass and riding a bike into the conference,” Jackson said. “Right then I started thinking about uses for the firefighter.”
Google Glass doesn’t exactly have the best track record. There has been a ton of controversy over whether or not we will use it in a way that will benefit society. Thanks to innovators such as Jackson, Google Glass will certainly be of paramount importance as a 21st century technology.