MedicAR for Google Glass uses augmented reality to teach future surgeons

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Applications for Google Glass, otherwise known as “Glassware,” are becoming more and more innovative each day.

MedicAR, developed by Droiders, is only one of the latest apps for Google Glass that will surely make a difference in the lives of many.

Although not the most realistic simulation application, MedicAR uses augmented reality to assist students studying to become surgeons. The app will guide users through specific procedures and show them where to cut, which tools to use, different steps to take, and how to clean it all up after the “operation.”

Hit the break to see the app in action in a video.

Droiders Presents New Surgical Application Pairing Google Glass™ and Augmented Reality

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Droiders, an official Google Glass applications development start-up, today launched MedicAR, a new application which combines augmented reality and Google Glass™ to improve the simulation and teaching of certain procedures in surgery and patient care. The MedicAR application also represents a potential new aid to improve safety issues in surgical interventions, especially for common procedures among junior surgeons and even for uncommon ones among experts.

During a recent demonstration, Dr. Homero Rivas, assistant professor of surgery (digestive surgery) and director of innovative surgery at Stanford University, connected the wearable device from Google to Droiders’ MedicAR application, and using an anatomical human model, performed an open reduction and internal fixation of a left complex clavicular fracture. The demonstration took place in the Goodman Simulation Center at Stanford. A video of the demonstration can be viewed here: http://video.droiders.com/medias/34o9w1lbdl

The MedicAR application requires a target to be temporarily tattooed on the patient’s skin. The surgeon and his assistant then direct their Glass to the target, which reveals the augmented reality on their screen, showing all aspects of a given surgery. Afterwards, procedures are clearly displayed step by step. For example, it could start by displaying the skin incision, the use of retractors to provide adequate exposure of the area, the core surgical treatment and finally the closure of the incision.

“The project we are revealing today was the next logical step in our collaborative efforts with Dr. Rivas. We teamed up last summer to perform a transatlantic live-streamed operation through Glass, a first in telemedicine at the time, using our own streaming solution. Shortly after, we were among the very first Glass developers to introduce augmented reality into its Glassware” explained Julián Beltrán, founder of Droiders.

Droiders’ MedicAR application for Glass uses Qualcomm® Vuforia™, a software platform that enables apps to see and connect digital experiences to physical products.

The app can be downloaded directly from Droiders’ web site: www.droiders.com

Source: Android Police


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