Consumer tech prepares to invade the operating room

Only human gestures are enough to give the commands for working with computers .

Gigaom

Much like enterprises are using more consumer technology (or consumer-like) technology, hospitals are also trying to figure out how shifts in user interfaces, voice recognition and other developments should make their way into their treatments. While the medical profession has a reputation for being somewhat stodgy, there are hints it is looking at bring some technology familiar from video games into the operating room.

Simon Karger, head of the surgical and intervention sector at Cambridge Consultants, a product design firm, explained that the number of doctors who have grown up playing video games means that today’s professionals are more interested in technology like motion control or conducting surgeries using novel and even virtual techniques.

Karger noted that the Leap motion controller is a great example of the type of consumer tech finding a home in the OR. “Gesture control makes sense. You can’t use a keyboard or a mouse…

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