First Responders To Use MR Glasses To Fight COVID-19

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First Responders To Use MR Glasses To Fight COVID-19
April 30, 2020

ThirdEye, a provider of augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) enterprise solutions, has today announced its X2 MR Glasses will be used by first responder EMS teams in the United States, providing them with a wearable computing solution to assist them in their efforts to combat the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

 

The X2 MR Glasses will help professionals detect fevers – a key symptom of COVID-19 – with an attached thermal sensor, and will allow users to consult medics remotely via telehealth through the glasses’ built-in Wi-Fi. ThirdEye states that its glasses will help to enhance protection of those on the front lines of the pandemic and to increase efficiency for COVID-19 response teams.

 

Under the pilot program, firefighters at the Marcus Hook Fire Department, which protects the borough of Marcus Hook near Philadelphia, will use the X2 MR Glasses equipped with an attachable FLIR (forward-looking infrared) thermal sensor to help stay safe, remain hands-free and keep focused during their mission-critical tasks.

 

“Our first responders are working 24/7 to help slow the spread of COVID-19, putting themselves and their families at risk as they’re exposed on the job,” said former Congressman Curt Weldon, who spearheaded the pilot program. “By equipping the Marcus Hook Fire Department firefighters with X2 MR Glasses, we’re helping them stay safe on the job.”

 

Fire Chief Ken Smith of the Marcus Hook Fire Department commented: “We’re extremely happy to be on the forefront of technology and to begin implementing internally”. ThirdEye’s X2 MR Glasses weigh just 300 grams, and are suited for extensive wear in all conditions, according to the company. Furthermore, firefighters can use the glasses to communicate with medical professionals anywhere in the world in real-time, allowing for critical feedback to be received instantaneously.

 

“Firefighters and first response EMS teams are risking their lives every day during this pandemic to ensure the safety and health of our communities,” said Nick Cherukuri, Founder and CEO of ThirdEye. “We’re excited to be working with Marcus Hook Fire Department and are looking forward to helping other first responders be better equipped.”

 

The Marcus Hook Fire Department will be the first to deploy the pilot program, which ThirdEye is also offering to other firefighter and first responder associations nationwide.

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