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North Carolina Firefighter Develops Google Glass App

A computer-savvy firefighter in North Carolina is hoping a bit of futuristic wearable technology and clever programming can help save time and lives, reports CNN.

Patrick Jackson has developed an app for Google Glass, Google’s experimental head-mounted computer, which feeds important information directly to the eye-line of firefighters in an emergency.

“I’ll hear a little notification and can look up into the top corner of my vision and see a map of where it is. I see the location of the incident and what type of call it is,” Jackson said.

By routing information directly to Glass, the app can save firefighters from having to stop what they’re doing in order to reach for a radio, smartphone, tablet or computer. Jackson plans on adding even more useful data in future versions, like information on specific buildings including blueprints, potential building hazards and contact information for owners. A firefighter might be able to say an address out loud or simply look at a building with the Glass camera to retrieve information.

Glass can also record the first video of a situation when crews arrive. That early documentation will be important to fire investigations down the line.

For now, Glass isn’t compatible with the oxygen masks firefighters wear on the ground, so the app is more for external personnel. Jackson’s Glass stays behind in the truck.

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