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Exploring the acceptability of google glass as an everyday assistive device for people with Parkinson's

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  • Róisin McNaney
  • John Vines
  • Daniel Roggen
  • Madeline Balaam
  • Pengfei Zhang
  • Ivan Poliakov
  • Patrick Olivier


We describe a qualitative study investigating the acceptability of the Google Glass eyewear computer to people with Parkinson's disease (PD). We held a workshop with 5 PD patients and 2 carers exploring perceptions of Glass. This was followed by 5-day field trials of Glass with 4 PD patients, where participants wore the device during everyday activities at home and in public. We report generally positive responses to Glass as a device to instil confidence and safety for this potentially vulnerable group. We also raise concerns related to the potential for Glass to reaffirm dependency on others and stigmatise wearers.