Google Glass is “smart” eyewear that offers features similar to a “smart” phone – it can take photographs, video, make phone calls, display internet-based information. The data is transposed onto the glass lens in the wearer’s field of vision. The device is activated by voice command or a touch to the tiny computer’s control pad on the side of the frame.
Selene Parekh, MD, an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon, was accepted as a Google Glass explorer in 2013. In early 2014, he used the internet-connected glasses to broadcast an ankle replacement surgery live over the Internet during his annual charitable orthopaedic surgery training and education meeting in India.
“We had 15,000 to 20,000 people watching the procedure across the globe,” says Parekh. “That was the first time I said, ‘wow, this isn’t a gadget. This is a tool.’”