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Optometry student "explorer" for Google Glass

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Google Glass at Ferris State

BIG RAPIDS, Mich., (WZZM) -- Google Glass isn't available to the general public yet, but some Optometry students in Michigan are getting the chance to test out the new wearable computer.

At The Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State, Elyse Kleifgen received the device as part of Google's explorer contest. She had to send the company a tweet explaining how she would use Glass at school.

"I'm hoping to get my senior project done with these. It's something we all have to do; it will be a unique experience. I don't know what the focus will be yet, but it will involve Google Glasses."

Glass operates through motion, touch, and voice activation. One of the features is video. Kleifgen says a doctor can record an exam and review it at a later date. The doctor can also call up an image while it's being used, during the exam.

Kleifgen's professor, Dr. Bruce Morgan, tried the device. He says, "With having the screen up, I was able to call up images of a particular condition. I can compare the patient's condition to photos on the internet."

Dr. Morgan can also use it to talk to his students in the lab. When Kleifgen was giving a patient an exam, she was able to call Dr. Morgan on his computer and ask him a question. The two were able to discuss the case.

One thing Glass won't do is offer a close-up look at the patient. That still needs to be done using specialized equipment. For now, it's helping students like Kleifgen communicate and learn more about how new technology can be used in Optometry.

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