But what types of wearable devices will we see, and what formats will be successful?
The Google Glass is certainly a good candidate for the type that records what you see and overlays information into your visual field. The device is expected to be available to consumers in 2014.
"We’re looking for bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass… We’re still in the early stages, and while we can’t promise everything will be perfect, we can promise it will be exciting.”
As with most apps, we have to consider who the end user will be. It seems that healthcare workers, especially physicians, could benefit greatly.
Recently, Apple created a dedicated ‘Apps for Healthcare Professionals’ collection so you can get a sense of the applications that are available for smartphones and tablets:
Medical advances are happening so quickly that it is very hard for physicians to keep up to date. A ready reference source would be very helpful:
"Watson’s program, called “Interactive Care Insights for Oncology,” will produce answers to doctors’ queries in the same way Watson answered questions from contestants during its victorious run on Jeopardy!, by producing an extensively cross-referenced series of answers, and assigning a confidence score to each answer. It needs only seconds to comb through decades-long cancer treatment histories of 1,500 patients and suggest a treatment. From there, it’s up to the doctor to decide."