Magic Leap aims to apply spatial computing in healthcare to improve surgical planning, medical education and patient consultation but ultimately wants to help healthcare organizations achieve the Triple Aim.
Augmented reality and virtual reality are terms that the healthcare industry is experimenting with using a variety of applications.
Now comes the next stage — spatial computing.
One company at the forefront of this new technology is Magic Leap, but it has to recover from its reported woes. In an interview earlier this year, Jennifer Esposito, vice president of health for the Florida company, described the technology in detail.
When we talk about spatial computing, it is really the idea that the digital world and the physical world are fully interacting. They are aware of each other. There are things like persistence so if you believe something in the digital world, it will be there when you come back and there is this interactivity between the physical and the digital world. That’s how we try to define and differentiate it. We see it as a new computing platform using things like computer vision to make this merger of the physical and the digital possible.
It was a theme that Esposito returned to during a panel discussion at the HLTH conference in Las Vegas in late October. She described a wearable device that could track head position, voice, eye movement and gestures.
This feeds into a “magicverse,” in which any physical location can have a digital twin, creating new opportunities to enhance and overlay information.
“It could be something as small as a room,” she said. “It could be a city. It could be a country. It could be a hospital. It could be an operating room.”
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