• Smart glasses and augmented reality can be ‘life-changing’ for patients

Smart glasses and augmented reality (AR) have the potential to improve medical processes for practitioners and patients, according to Valerie Riffaud-Cangelosi of Epson Europe.

“Augmented Reality is making waves in a number of industries, from Formula 1, to manufacturing, to education. However, one of the biggest sectors benefiting from AR technology, in literally life-changing ways, is healthcare,” she said.

On an individual basis, she claims smart glasses can be used to help improve the quality of life for people with debilitating conditions.

An example of this technology, developed by the University of Oxford, collects images of nearby people and processes them, using the glasses’ lenses, to improve facial recognition for those with poor eyesight.

Another example highlighted is EyeSpeak, created by LusoVu, which displays a virtual keyboard and uses a micro camera to record eye movement.

This identifies the keys the wearer is looking at – giving people the ability to speak with their eyes. Healthcare professionals are also making use of smart glasses technology to improve their processes.

Evena medical allows practitioners to locate veins much more efficiently by using smart glasses to shine near infrared light onto a patient’s skin to expose veins, and then project this image over the practitioner’s field of vision.

In dentistry, the tech firm iDent has also developed technology that projects camera images onto a dentist’s smart glasses, rather than a separate monitor, allowing the dentist to remain focused on the patient.