Google Glass is showing up at hospitals, companies and at your financial advisor's office, according to reports.
While Google Glass assist a lung surgeon at UCSF, companies are considering buying the wearable computers for law clerks or police officers, according to the New York Times. It's true that most people don't trust Google Glass, nor do they want it in their private lives, but in the public sector or at work, its acceptance is less problematic.
“I can think of a whole bunch of professions where Google Glass makes a lot of sense and poses almost no privacy risk at all and could be really valuable — everything from engineering to car repair to architecture to lumberjacking,” said Electronic Privacy Information Center executive director Marc Rotenberg. “But what’s interesting about all of those professions is that you’re not actually interacting with a customer.”
The most obvious workplace for Google Glass would be for employees that don't sit at a desk, but could use a computer screen and Internet connection. That's the majority of workers -- about 80 percent --and another reason why Google would like to outfit those workers with Glass.
One such business is Sullivan Solar Power in Southern California that uses Glass for its workers who are in the field, according to the company's director of information technology Michael Chagala. "To be able to have their hands free is obviously critical, and they can’t bring a laptop up a ladder or see one in the sun," he told the Times. Others such as police officers, firefighters and oil workers may also be good prospects for Google Glass.
Google’s new enterprise program is supposed to start handling workplace issues and improve the users experience, but the main hurdle may be to get businesses to accept and buy the pricey gadgets that retail for $1,500 plus tax.
Published at 3:59 PM PST on Apr 8, 2014