My email to Google, earlier today, after learning that the new update removes the video call feature from Glass:
The removal of video feature is really a deadly blow for Glass in Medicine!
The use in Med Ed, Telemedicine, Tele-mentoring, Tele-consulting is Now NOT possible!
I only hope that this is restored in the next update.
There’s a very active, important, growing professional community that has been working around Glass in Healthcare, who depends on this particular characteristic of Glass.
Please reconsider the decision of taking video away, or at least allow some user subgroups to choose whether to update.
Folks like me and several others, from Maine and Boston to San Francisco and Beyond our borders, must have the video option to be able to make Glass an important tool in Healthcare and Medical Education.
Personally, Always trust that Google will do the “right and bright” thing!
Video calls are essential if Glass is to be used as a professional tool (healthcare, technical disciplines, law engine cement, education, etc!)
I trust that Google is working on improving and optimizing a feature that certainly was “less-than-ideal” in the way it was working; at the same time, I wish we could keep using it until a better feature was already available, so that we wouldn’t have to halt our experience and development of Glass in Healthcare.
Also, Google should feel free to ask and “tap” the pool of “expert”, pioneer Explorers, to get our sense, opinion and even, maybe, recommendations before moving forward as Glass evolves!
I think that is one of the main advantages and “cleverness” of the Glass Explorers Program.
Rafael Grossmann, MD, FACS