Surgeons are trying out Kinect’s motion control capabilities at St. Thomas’ hospital in London, thanks to a collaboration between Microsoft research and Lancaster University. This will allow surgeons during keyhole surgery to manipulate images with voice and gestures.
“Until recently I was shouting out across the operating theater to tell someone to go up, down, left right,” surgeon Tom Carrell told the. “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.”
“This is a lovely example of a successful interdisciplinary research project, combining the technical skills of computer scientists with a social scientific and medical expertise that ensures the new technology resonates with the way in which surgeons actually do their work,” added the university’s Dr Mark Rouncefield.