This Real Life Version Of X-Ray Glasses Can See Through Your Skin

Google Glass has received endless press coverage for its futuristic form factor and novel, consumer-friendly applications. The wearable computer, for example, allows users to see email and maps right from its heads-up display. But could a similar type of technology soon let users even see through skin?

That’s the promise of a new product launched today by Evena Medical, a Silicon Valley based imaging technology firm. Created in partnership with Epson, Evena’s new Eyes-On Glasses System enables medical professionals to essentially peer underneath a patient’s skin in order to more easily locate veins for IV treatments. The product, Evena boasted today in a statement, is “one of the first healthcare applications of smart glasses commercially available on a global scale.”

Evena’s Wearable Eyes-On Glasses Vascular Imaging System Utilizes Epson Moverio Smart Glasses Technology Platform

While it may sound a bit like the X-ray specs sold in the back of comic books, Evena’s Eyes-On system is a version of a proven vascular imaging technology. Eyes-On ports the tech into a head-mounted display, to better help nurses and other medical workers do vein detection. Rather than having to cart a system around, the new device is hands-free and “projects overlays of digital content onto the real-world in the center of the wearer’s field of view … enabling a seamless blend of the physical and digital worlds,” the company said in a statement.

What’s more, the device allows for digital storage, enabling nurses to document and share a patient’s vein patency throughout his or her hospital stay.

Epson Moverio BT-100

“Studies have shown that up to 40% of IV starts require multiple attempts to locate and access a vein, which not only wastes valuable nursing time but also delays therapy and causes patient discomfort and dissatisfaction,” said Evena CEO Frank Ball said in a statement. “With Evena’s Eyes-On Glasses, nurses can quickly and easily locate and access the best veins for each patient—even in challenging clinical environments.”

It’s a refreshing application of smart glass technology, and an impressive departure from the usual novelty applications that have been developed for products like Google Glass.

[Images courtesy of Epson and Evena Medical]

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  • Ruben Fabian

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  • Zach Wilson

    This is SO COOL! I can't wait for this to be mass-produced. Not only will it relieve discomfort, but it may effectually increase the rate of treatment, even increasing the amount of lives saved. I can also see this being VERY useful in situations, involving donating blood or plasma.

    To digress, whenever I've had an IV placed, I have always been very kind and patient toward the nursing staff. I understand the difficulty of the process. I don't see why people gripe and complain, especially when they've never taken a phlebotomy course in their own lives. Sure, it can be cumbersome, painful even, but to be so calloused about it is absurd, and cruel to the people trying to help you.