During the Summer of 2014, I interned at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington DC. Generally, my responsibility was to explore the technical capabilities of Google Glass, specifically concerning potential applications that would interest Booz Allen's clients. My project entailed learning about the technology, writing software to test various features, and developing a website that demonstrated these features.
I worked to develop applications that explored two major topics:
As the final deliverable of my summer, I built a website summarizing my projects, the applications I had built, and the capabilities I had discovered and demonstrated with Google Glass. Here is the website I built.
To explore the laboratory environment, I collaborated with Booz Allen employees working at the CDC to understand the most critical problems they face in the lab. Primarily, they explained that it is very inefficient and dangerous to look up information in the lab because they must take their safety equipment off to look at a book or search on the computer. To address this problem, I developed a Google Glass application that would allow a user to cue information on Glass by scanning a QR code. The user can enter the information using a website prior to going into the lab. The system also works well for safety devices, where a QR code can be taped to equipment and users can scan the code to view safety information or operating instructions with Glass. Furthermore, I developed an enhanced web tool so users could not only enter a sequence of steps in a protocol, but also enter a binary tree-based set of instructions that users could then navigate by answering the questions one-by-one on Google Glass by shaking their head yes or no. This capability has applications even outside of the lab environment. For example, emergency response personnel could use Google Glass to view the steps of a trauma triage protocol.
I also explored Glass's sensor capabilities. Glass is equipped with a number of sensors, specifically an accelerometer, gyroscope, front facing camera, and microphone. My mentors at Booz Allen were interested to learn about the capabilities of these sensors, so I worked to explore these sensors by making small applications that demonstrated a variety of capabilities. I built applications that streamed sensor data in real time to a website. I also built an application that measured accelerometer readings and counted steps. Finally, I explored Glass' capability to detect sound by building a music tuner that processed audio signals in real time to detect if a tone was flat or sharp.
"Her organizational skills, ease of getting along with people, professionalism, ability to learn quickly, write code and implement algorithms under tight deadlines were proven and are strengths that will help her succeed. Her ability to communicate and ask for help very much accelerates her ability to complete work. She communicates and presents her work in a clear fashion that leaves a lasting impression on the audience. She has very good time management skills that helped her plan out the order of things as well as leaving others with the material to carry on where she left off. She demonstrated good potential for leadership."
Ziggy Majumdar, Direct Supervisor