122If you haven’t yet heard about Google Glass, it is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) that is being developed by Google. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format that can communicate with the Internet via natural language voice commands.

Early testers paid $1,500 for the device, but prices are supposed to decrease quickly to the $400 to $600 range – that is, once they get to market. That’s another unknown, but best guess is that they will be generally available in the next 3 to 6 months.

One of the biggest knocks against Google Glass by its critics is the perceived lack of practical uses for the wearable computing device. That’s about to change.

Evena Medical has just unveiled a glasses-like gadget – one that promises an immediate and practical impact for hospitals and nurses worldwide.

Eyes-On Glasses are billed as the world’s first wearable point-of-care system for real-time vascular imaging. The glasses allow the wearer to identify a patient’s veins by “seeing through” their skin using the company’s patented near-infrared (NIR) visualization. In the very near future, the wearable device could make delivering injections and positioning intravenous catheters a lot less painful and more efficient.

Eyes-On Glasses can also transmit the images viewed to remote locations via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G and are equipped with speakers for two-way audio conferencing and built-in storage for photos and videos.

In addition to the medical uses for the device, the Eyes-On also has the ability to connect directly to a hospital medical records system, allowing the wearer to view and document vital patient information.

The smart glasses will sell for about $10,000 and will begin shipping to most major world markets in the first quarter of 2014.