Spanish medical tech company Exovite has joined forces with Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid. The collaboration has resulted Microsoft Mixed Reality headsets being used by surgeons, allowing them to quickly see CT scan data, ultrasound data, and more through Microsoft HoloLens goggles.
AR/VR newbies need to get with the program quickly, because there’s another slightly vague term in town. “Mixed reality” (MR) is a different approach to augmented and virtual reality that merges real and virtual worlds, and which is currently being spearheaded by Microsoft. It’s looking like a big phenomenon in the tech world, with Microsoft taking on established VR providers like HTC and Oculus by effectively merging AR and VR in a single system.
One of the big advantages of Mixed Reality is its ability to track movement without external sensors dotted throughout the physical environment, but tech companies have found a huge number of ways to tinker with the HoloLens platform since its developer launch in early 2016.
A number of Windows-friendly companies like Acer, Dell, and HP are now developing their own Windows Mixed Reality headsets, and customers from a range of fields are thinking about how they might be able to put the new technology to use when the technology becomes more commonplace.
Exovite and Gregorio Marañón Hospital have one idea: they’re looking to use customized Microsoft Hololens headsets to help surgeons perform procedures on patients. By providing useful information right in front of a surgeon’s eyes as he or she operates, the two parties think they can both increase the accuracy and shorten the time of certain procedures.
By Benedict | 3ders.org
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