Has the experience with Google Glass opened Google’s ears to the Augmented Audio Opportunity?

Have GoogleGlasses already taught Google that the big augmented reality opportunity is audio

Gizmodo are reporting that the range topping ‘Moto X’ Smartphone from Google-owned Motorola will feature “Open Mic” – an always-on ambiant microphone app that will enable the phone to be more aware of it’s environment and be operated via voice commands.

Related: mHealth – beyond the beep, With Google Glasses has Silicon Valley created something so useful and easy to use that it’s Primary market will be serving health needs?

Here’s a few mHealth opportunities that will arrive with an always listening Smartphone:

> Listening for smoke alarms eg. to amplify the alarm for a Patient with hearing impairment.

> Listening for medical device interactions eg. updating an EHR by capturing data from a ‘speaking’ weigh scale.

> Listening for health behaviours eg. updating EHR with coughing frequency/intensity

> Listening for medication adherence eg. the opening of a pill box cap being opened

> Behaviour monitoring eg. using natural voice to enable the recording of a Patients mood

> Listening to us exercising eg. imagine S Health being able to sense you were on a treadmill.

> Listening to our activity to help influence behaviour eg. to add more data like media consumption habits to an app like Sleep X

Can you think of any more?

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4 Responses to Has the experience with Google Glass opened Google’s ears to the Augmented Audio Opportunity?

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  3. Anthony Harvey says:

    Google glass could be used foe medication reminders. You could also build in bar code recognition and then you could remind the patient how many tablets to take and also remind the patient if they pick up the wrong box.

  4. Hi Anthony,

    Thanks for the suggestion but I think you’ve missed the point that I’m trying to make which is that we don’t need the Google Glass mobile accessory camera to do these things because we have smartphones that can do these things already eg. billions of phones are used already for medication reminders (self programmed alarm/calendar apps).

    Watch this TedX talk by Tomi Ahonen to get a feeling for the potential of Mobile Augmented Reality. After watching it I find it’s quite clear that with once we’ve got Superman senses the opportunity no longer lies in doing things like reading barcodes.

    In my opinion the “pick up the wrong box” example isn’t going to be cured by this version of Google Glass as the complexity, fragility, etc of the tech is going to put it out of the reach for the bulk of Patients with this problem and the Patients who could manage to use it would be just as capable of using an AR app on their smartphone.

    Maybe an evolved version of Google Glass (where it’s accommodated into the Patients normal prescription glasses or hearing aid) would enable this though? Some more thoughts I’ve had about this can be found here.

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