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The view from Inside Epson's Moverio smart glasses program

You’re so Vein

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When we announced the Moverio BT-200 smart glasses at CES this year, we got all sorts of reactions–some of them listed in the comments of CNET’s YouTube video Epson’s Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses deliver Andriod Apps in Augmented Reality.

  • “Stupid.”
  • “pointless”
  • “LOL, hysterical :) Who would wear this… Unbelievable”
  • “My goodness that thing looks so dumb”
  • “Why do they even bother making this stuff”

I totally get it. Moverio is an early augmented reality development platform, and without the context of a real-life application, the glasses might look silly. But, what about applications where looking stylish is secondary to functionality?

For example, have you ever had an intravenous injection? If so, did the nurse stick you more than once while trying to find a vein? Three times? More? What if the nurse was wearing a device that highlighted exactly where veins were located, helping to guide the needle to hit its mark the first time? Would you care how the nurse looked?

Evena Medical has developed an application that does exactly that. Using the Moverio platform, the Evena has created a wearable device to fulfill the following mantra: “One nurse, one stick, in one minute.”

At first glance, new wearable technologies may look strange, but put into the context of a useful application, it may not matter.

Check out the demo that Evena Medical gave at our booth at CES 2014.

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