Kinect Helps in Surgery

While some games out there might give you headaches Microsoft Research is working with a group of London super brains to enable touchless viewing and manipulation of images while performing vascular surgery with the help of Kinect.

With this tech, complex aneurysm procedures are made easier and safer because surgeons can more easily maintain a sterile environment because they don’t need to manipulate equipment and they no longer need to rely on fallible human assistance to properly manipulate the visual-aid equipment.

“Until recently I was shouting out across the operating theatre to tell someone to go up, down, left right,” explains Doctor Tom Carrell. “But with the Kinect I’m able to get the position that I want quickly – and also without me having to handle non-sterile things like a keyboard or mouse during the procedure.”

The only downside to this innovation is that you’d have to be some sort of brain surgeon to use it.


Kinect Cameras Watch for Autism

From the latest New Scientist (issue 2863) comes a pretty incredible article about University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development‘s study which uses a Kinect camera to track kids at play and carefully watch for signs of Autism. It doesn’t act as a replacement for diagnosis, but a sort of seismograph to indicate to teachers which children might benefit from attention from a specialist.

Kinect Gets Tongued

Kinect is used in many different ways to advance and support medical science. We’re constantly amazed and supportive of the efforts for brilliant space brains to use our technology to make the world a better place. The latest one I’ve read about came to me via The following video is from a research group at The University of Electro-Communications.

According to the video,

“This interface is intended mainly for training the oral muscles, which include the tongue, for people who have oral motor function disorders affecting their ability to speak or swallow. The research group suggests this as a hygienic detection method, which doesn’t require attaching a device to the tongue.”

Pretty incredible stuff!

Kinect Brings Us Closer to Jem and her Holograms

Take a look at what the space geniuses with Microsoft Research have done now! Yesterday, we told you about some of the amazing Kinect-related research projects that are starting to be shared. Beamatron uses a Projector, Kinect and a pan-tilt moving head to create an Augmented reality concept that lets the user blend the physical world with a digital one.


This doesn’t mean you’re going to have that Ryan Gosling hologram you’ve always dreamed of there to greet you when you get home, unfortunately. At least, not yet. In the demo provided by researchers Hrvoje Benko and Andy Wilson they drove a virtual car over real life ramps. The car even bumped into shoes and other objects while being driven around the room.

Another Gosling-free application provides a heads-up display for the user to notify them of events like a new Tweet or the latest post from their favorite blog, KinectShare.

Take a look at the video! How would you want to use this technology? Share your G-rated ideas in the comments!