What To Wear When Disaster Strikes

August 06, 2014
by Anthony Tempest

First responders

A disaster has struck. Your surroundings have been devastated and all of a sudden you’re in a volatile situation. Fortunately, the first responders have wearable technology (Google Glass) meaning they can focus on seeing to the critical objectives (you), while sending details of the surroundings to a control centre for a more accurate response to the situation. This is the reality that BAE Systems propose with their software which integrates into Google Glass. This application will collect data and images from an area, while they’re doing more important jobs. The GXP Explorer Snap app as it’s known as, can turn the Google Glass into a “crowd-sourced information gathering tool”. It can automatically geotag, time-stamp, and upload to a GXP Xplorer server, where the rest of the enterprise can access it. The mobile app is expected to be released for Google Glass later this year.

Freeing up the doctor

This could be the future of emergency response as Samsung and consultants Ovum presented at a London event. “Smart” devices will allow emergency service workers to use their hands while receiving important information. A huge benefit when every second is critical. An example being a doctor viewing important patient details whilst still giving effective treatment. One company in particular who are teaming up with doctors are Augmedix, who were founded by a team of Stanford University students. They aim to “free physicians and allow them to focus on what they do best – taking care of patients”.

It seems that wearable tech isn’t just going to be for the consumers who want the latest gadgets to show off. The more it’s researched and developed, the more impact it’s going to have on peoples lives, especially when it comes to disaster recovery and emergency response. We might just be witnessing¬†another technical revolution.