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Speech Recognition Needs Work
Lastly, Theodore was asked what was tops on his wish list for improvements.
"From our initial pilots what I would say is that the speech recognition element of the Google Glass as it stands is extraordinarily rudimentary," he says. "With all due respect of course to the amazing work that's been done, one could certainly imagine a far more robust speech recognition system that allows a clinician really to interface much more with the content of the Glass.
"I imagine that it's going to come down the line and we have coders at UCSF who are helping us develop that at present, but I'd say, improving speech recognition would help."
Whichever way it plays out, it seems that devices like Google Glass will inevitably become another indispensable tool in healthcare. Theodore noted that doctors already use head-worn lenses for image magnification, and that Google Glass is "not too big a leap" from that.
I predict it won't be that long before the use of Google Glass in medicine will no longer be news.
Scott Mace is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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