Glasses could turn into the next big tech thing. First you’ve got Google starting to tout their upcoming Google Glass product. Many of the functions of our smartphones will be included in their “smart spectacles” – which will attempt to eliminate the awkward fumbling that inevitably occurs when we need our phone. Next up in the world of glasses? A conceptual gadget from Johns Hopkins University looks to include a literal lifesaver on a pair of specs.
The recently announced Stroke Detector looks like a pair of swim goggles or Rec Specs. Included within are an infrared video camera and connection for a laptop. Together they measure and record eye movements. Strokes that occur in the back of the brain present symptoms of dizziness and vertigo which can also be present with simple inner ear issues. The key to understanding if it really is a stroke are their eye movements which are undetectable to a human. Four million people a year visit US emergency rooms with stroke-like symptoms and only 5% actually do prove true. Most of these 4 million people go through a costly MRI which – in the case of those actually having a stroke – causes a delay in diagnosis. Time is of the essence when a stroke sets in. The Stroke Detector looks to save those valuable minutes, save lives and maybe even money.