Fast Co: Firefighter Built a Google Glass App And It’s Saving Lives

Brilliant way to use new technology.

FC:  Jackson has developed an app that displays incoming emergency dispatches, shows maps of where incidents are, nearest fire hydrants, and even building plans. By using data to shorten response times, he’s hoping to turn his peers’ disbelief into respect.

Patrick Jackson

The firefighter’s savvy creation is part of a growing subculture of social good apps that could turn Glass into a tool to save lives. In Michigan, a young IT professional is using Glass as an alert system to help sleepy drivers stay awake and direct them to nearest rest areas via GPS navigation. Meanwhile, doctors at the University of AlabamaUC San Francisco, and UC Irvine are even using Glass to help perform surgery.

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