Presently, the workers have to hold and use cameras, GPS equipment and other devices while taking notes by hand and riding on the tall elephants, he said. "They patrol on a regular basis to find out if there are any illegal activities going on, such as poaching."
Using Glass, the workers could store images and video without having to hold and use multiple devices, and then transmit them later when they have Internet access, said Lohani. "Being on an elephant's back, you are doing multiple things at one time on an unstable animal. We're hoping to provide hands-free experiences for the workers who are getting the data so they can be safer taking photos and videos and recording GPS positions, habitat types and more."
Lohani played an important role for the WWF in developing the Field Notes app for Glass that is being used by the researchers in Nepal. "We're exploring the ways Google Glass can help us in doing our work, using technology to do things in better ways."
Lohani had no time estimate on when the device and app would actually be used in real-life monitoring programs on behalf of the WWF in the future. "It's going to be a process, including testing, getting feedback and developing the software," he said. "We are excited about the potential of this. We have started this journey. Hopefully, we will be able to use this for our regular work very soon."
Glass is being used in many innovative ways around the world.
Emergency room doctors in a busy Boston hospital are using Glass to get patient information much faster, while also allowing doctors to focus more on their patients instead of on computers, according to a recent eWEEK report.
Meanwhile, researchers in England are using Glass with patients who have Parkinson's disease in early trial experiments aimed at finding new ways to help people affected by this debilitating disease. The work, which is being conducted at Newcastle University in England, is showing early promise in helping patients remember to take their medications and giving users more confidence as they fight the disease.