Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room

kinect-hospitalWhen you go to a hospital, one of the last things you expect to see among the various intimidating surgical tools is an Xbox Kinect. At Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Canada however, it is becoming a common sight and a helpful tool for surgeons.

One of the biggest concerns with typical medical procedures is that infection and disease are a constant risk when a patient is undergoing surgery, and as such, surgeons have to go through various cleaning techniques in order to ensure no contamination may befall them or the patient. Typically a surgeon must go in and out of the surgery room to get updates and look at other medical files on a computer outside of the surgery room in order to ensure a safe surgery, which can make even basic surgery longer than necessary.

Another problem is that because it takes so long to go in and out of a surgery room some doctors don’t use all the tools available to them or have to remember certain information by memory in order to get through a procedure as quickly as possible which can cause necessary risks. However, with just a gesture of the hand doctors can use the Kinect to access important information or access controls for other devices without ever having to leave the operating room and re-sterilizing.

It’s just one of the many cool things developed thanks to the creation of the Kinect and Microsofts release of the Kinect SDK.

Watch the video to see it in action:


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Andrew Wilson
Andrew has been poking and prodding computers for 11 years who occasionally writes about Technology and Video Games while working towards getting his Bachelors in Computer Engineering. He is also one of the contributors to the Let's Play's on the site.