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November 2021

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Daniel Sapkaroski and the Google Glass eyepiece.

Distance no problem with Google Glass

Peter MacCallum Cancer medical specialists are piloting augmented reality technology to navigate distance and the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Medical radiation practitioner and project lead Daniel Sapkaroski said the pilot demonstrated the usefulness of the technology, which gives a remote worker a first-person view of what is happening in a treatment room where onsite staff wear a futuristic headset with a holographic eye piece.

The Google Glass headset is an optical head-mounted display designed in the shape of a pair of glasses.

‘During Melbourne’s most recent lockdown, one of our team was at home in precautionary self-isolation,’ Dr Sapkaroski said.

‘The Google Glass technology meant he could connect with engineers from an international company and work closely with the Peter Mac team onsite, as new equipment was installed and tested.’

The approach meant the staff member could remain engaged with the installation of the new treatment technologies – and that the equipment was installed on time with no disruptions to patients.

The hands-free nature also reduces the need for healthcare professionals to touch devices while caring for a patient or adjusting equipment.

The Peter Mac project team is now looking to maximise the use of the technology across the centre in critical care and allied health and as a new way to provide remote medical education to staff and students.