McNeese offering Google Glass as new research tool for students - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

McNeese offering Google Glass as new research tool for students

(Source: Monica Grimaldo/KPLC) (Source: Monica Grimaldo/KPLC)

McNeese State University recently became one of the first universities in the nation to offer its students and faculty Google Glass, a type of wearable technology that works similar to a computer developed by Google, as a new research tool.

"We put together a program that would allow faculty mentors with students to check them out for one week at a time in order to use them for projects that they propose," said Executive Director of the McNeese Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Janet Woolman.

McNeese students and faculty can check out one of two pairs of Google Glass at the McNeese Innovation Center. McNeese spokeswoman Candace Townsend says this offers students a new more technologically advanced way of researching and can offer better feedback on a more personal level.

"If they were working on a study on road noise, they can take Google Glass into the field," said Townsend. "If they had questions or if they needed to ask questions of if they needed to access a website, they can do it on the spot."

Townsend says Google Glass will be available for students and faculty during their undergraduate research projects, which will be presented in the Spring.

The Google Glass pairs will also be featured during McNeese Innovation Week, which is set for the first week of November.

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