St. Scholastica professor uses Google Glass for research

By KBJR News 1

February 17, 2014 Updated Feb 17, 2014 at 12:32 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Only 10–thousand Google Glasses are in use across the world because they are still in the prototype phase and now a second set of glasses has made its way to the College of St. Scholastica.

The glasses can do quite a bit. You speak and they listen.
Bringing you information directly to the corner of your eye.
A camera can also scan your surroundings; take pictures and video, sharing experiences from your point of view with the world.

So with this new technology, You can actually be seeing something in the eyepiece as well as sharing it with someone on your smartphone.
And it's the sharing of information that has drawn Nursing Professor Paula Byrne of the College of St. Scholastica to the device.

"I think bringing this technology to the College of St. Scholastica, working with students across disciplines, not just nursing students, maybe business students... for having students explore how they would use this technology is a state of the art application." Said Byrne.

She's won the title of explorer for the product. She's doing research to find out what uses it can have in the field of nursing.

"I think the beauty of these glasses has to do with the fact that its hands free. So for nurses that's an infection control." Said Byrne.

And she's found that the technology can keep nurses focused on patients.
"When you visit with a nurse now, often the nurse turns away from you and types and does information and this way the technology is on my face, you're still having a n experience, you can still see my face and I'm paying a lot of attention directly to you." Said Byrne.

Professor Byrne will continue researching the device for other applications to complete her doctorate, all while sending information back to google on what her experience is like and how they can improve the device.

The other Google Glass device here in the Northland is being used at the marketing agency Westmoreland Flint.