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Watch this: Firefighter creating Google Glass app to help save lives

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Patrick Jordan isn’t just a Google(s goog) Glass Explorer; he’s a firefighter and a developer based in North Carolina. That combination is making for an impressive idea: Jordan is working on a Glass app that could help him and fellow firefighters save more lives. The software would provide instant heads-up information such as floor plans, locations of nearby hydrants and vehicle data.

Jordan’s story was highlighted on the official Google+ Glass account on Tuesday. While that makes it appear a bit promotional, it certainly doesn’t take anything away from Jordan’s efforts. Any app or technology that improves the chances of saving a life is a good thing. And that’s exactly how Jordan positioned his entry to become an early Glass Explorer, saying:

“As a career Firefighter, and a software engineer, I would use it to make firefighter’s job safer and more effective.  Mission critical information could be viewed quickly while never taking eyes off of the incident.  Pictures and video could be recorded to add in fire investigation and incident critics.  Personnel could stream realtime video to hangouts for an overview of the incident – view multiple sides from one location.  Occupancy hazards could be in your view instantly instead of flipping through notebooks.  Increased situational awareness!”

As Glass gets closer to a likely consumer launch this year, Google has to get people to both understand what Glass is and, more importantly, why they would want it.

Glass is one of the best cameras I’ve ever used; not because of the image quality — which is surprisingly good — but for the speed and ease of use in capturing a moment. That alone won’t sell a wearable display that’s currently priced at $1,500, however.

Showing Glass in humanizing, helpful ways is how Google will drum up interest for Glass in mainstream audiences. I’m expecting to see more of these types of Google Glass Explorer stories throughout the year as a result.

3 Responses to “Watch this: Firefighter creating Google Glass app to help save lives”

  1. linkedda

    This is a good idea and a great initiative, just wondering though – isn’t that something that should normally be comissioned ny the fire dept?

    To begin with, even if the app was 100% functional yesterday, it’s not like every firefighter has a pair of Google Glass they can use. Not to mention that as a 1 person spare time project, this is abyssmal.

    So, with all due respect to Patrick Jordan, i don’t think this is the way to go

    • Innovation often needs to occur external to an institution in order to raise awareness, ignite others to action and promote change.

      You’re making an assumption about how this would be rolled out within the fire department. Perhaps, one pair will suffice per team based on each team member’s role.

      I think that it’s a safe bet that his work has now caught the attention of not only his own fire department but others across the globe. He needed to start somewhere and hopefully he’s involved in the next phases.