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January 23, 2014
(CNN Student News) --January 23, 2014
Google Glass for Firefighters
It`s possible that Google Glass could be added to that list, to type of computer that users can wear like eye glasses. It can be used to get directions, take pictures, see text messages and potentially help people working in dangerous conditions communicate. But it has its limitations and the $2,000 price just scratches the surface.
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ZAIN ASHER, CNN CORRESPONDENT:
Google says Glass can make reading emails easier. It can also help you navigate in an familiar city. But can it save lives? 34-year old firefighter Patrick Jackson thinks so.
He wants firefighters to use Google Glass to receive notifications on fires in the area and to help find people trapped inside burning buildings.
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And to help rescue passengers in burning vehicles. He`s also developed a way for Google Glass to use GPS signals, such for the nearest fire hydrants.
Jackson who is based in North Carolina was one of 8,000 people selected to develop apps for Glass last year in Google`s "If I had a Glass Challenge." 150,000 people applied. His suggestion on how firefighters could use Glass to save lives caught Google`s attention. Google gave him some guidance on writing an app for firefighters. But since Jackson already had experience in computer engineering and had written android apps in the past, he didn`t need much help. Jackson says he`s still trying to iron out a few minor details. For example, Glass still doesn`t fit well inside a firefighter`s mask. So firefighters have only used it on the way to a fire, and not inside an actual burning building. There are also some questions about what would happen if Glass actually got close to a real blaze. Would they melt, for example? Also, its reliability in finding fire hydrants or receiving fire alerts depends on Internet connection and a reliable GPS signal. So, certainly still a few kinks (ph) to work out. Zain Asher, CNN, New York.
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