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Twitter and Facebook are seeing things through wearable technology glasses

Google Play now boasts a version of both of those social network apps that has been optimized for SmartEyeglass.

Sony didn’t give very much information with regards to the release of its SmartEyeglass wearable technology product when it was at the CES back in January, but it looks as though things are coming very soon, if you base things on the moves of two large social networks.

Facebook and Twitter have both released mobile apps on Google Play meant for these smart glasses.

These wearable technology glasses work with augmented reality, worked into a headset that is linked with an Android based smartphone. The most recent speculations have been that the device will finally have its launch in certain markets before March comes to a close. There haven’t been any details released with regards to its price. When compared to Google Glass, these wearables appeared to be larger and sturdier.

The fact that social media apps are being released for this wearable technology is a good sign for the gadget.

Wearable Technology - smartglassesBoth the Facebook and Twitter apps are ready to be downloaded even more than a month ahead of the expected release date of the device, itself. The social media mobile apps were also both created for Google Glass, although right before Google announced that it was putting its glasses wearables manufacturing to a stop, Twitter had already withdrawn its own application for that device.

The Sony SmartEyeglass is going to work with any type of Android 4.1 or higher device. The release of these augmented reality wearables is an important one not only for Sony, but also for the category, as a whole. Until now, there have been a few very small and limited releases of smart glasses, on top of the most widely recognized limited release of Google Glass.

As a growing number of new entrants make their way into this sector of the wearable technology market, it will help to build the interest among consumers, as is already the case with smartwatches, which are slow to take off, but that are still seeing a steady growth in purchases (and which is only expected to improve with the Apple Watch release, this spring).

New moms can use Google Glass to monitor their babies

Newborns that have been moved into the intensive care unit can still be watched by their mothers.

A hospital in the United States is going to begin using Google Glass to make it possible for new moms to remain in contact with their newborns when the babies have been transferred to an intensive care unit (ICU).

This has been designed as a wearable technology experiment that is occurring within the Boston hospital.

The pilot is being conducted in Boston’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital, according to a report from one of the top Google Glass enthusiast websites, which is called Glass Almanac. The idea for this experiment using the wearable technology was first raised by Stephanie Shine, a nurse at the hospital whose own baby had to stay in the ICU for a total of 101 days. It is common for babies to be sent to ICU for certain amounts of time when either the mother or the baby (or both) is in need of immediate care. However, throughout that time, the mother and baby are primarily separated.

The Google Glass experiment allows participating mothers to view streaming images of their babies.

Google Glass baby monitoring - Mother and ChildTo do this, participants that visit the ICU can use the wearable technology and the images that they see will be streamed live to tablets that are given to the mothers. Therefore, the mothers will be able to view the video of their babies when the participating nurses visit their babies.

Certainly, watching video over a tablet computer is not the same as actually seeing and holding the baby in person, but it is far superior to the separation that is currently occurring. This also gives the mother the opportunity to be able to hear the nurses as they discuss the baby, while it also provides her with the chance to ask questions. It gives the mother the virtual experience of being in the room.

The purpose of the experiment is to discover whether or not using Google Glass can help to ease the stress that is felt by a mother when she is required to be separated from her new baby.