Wednesday 31 December 2014

Google Glass to Help Mothers Monitor Newborns

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A US hospital is set to use Google Glass to enable mothers stay in contact with their newborns even after the infants are shifted to the intensive care unit (ICU).

The experiment is to be conducted at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston next week, Glass Almanac, the leading website for Google Glass enthusiasts, reported. The suggestion for the test was mooted by the hospital’s nurse Stephanie Shine, whose baby remained in newborn ICU for 101 days.

Hundreds of babies are separated from their mothers after birth each year because one or both of them need immediate care, The Boston Globe reported. Stephanie Shine, a nurse at the hospital, wants those mothers to see their newborns through the eyes of their partners: They will wear Google Glass while visiting the intensive care unit, and the images they see will stream live to a tablet computer in the mom's hands. It will allow the mothers to hear the nurses talking about her baby and ask questions, as if she were in the room.

The experiment aims to find out if using Glass can help relieve the stress that mom feels while she and her newborn are separated.

Boston Globe quotes Stephanie Shine saying that, “You should be the most important person in your baby's life, but suddenly, you're not involved. I want to take this super-high-tech device and capture what could be thought of as one of the strongest and basic human connections there is.”

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