Boffins build medical control centre with Kinect
Forceps. Scalpel. Clamps. High-score
Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect add on isn't just for gaming. Swiss scientists have used open source drivers to develop a prototype remote control mechanism for medical equipment.
The experimental rig uses both gestures and voice commands, as the following video from the developers, at the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Bern, Switzerland, shows:
You might think all of the actions featured in the demo could be performed more quickly and easily with a mouse and a few clicks. True, but a surgeon in theatre won't be able to use a mouse when he or she is operating.
The Vitopsy rig would allow the surgeon to access crucial patient data while working. ®
Via: Med Gadget
S*** for gaming?
Have to say I'm having a great time with mine, bought it 4 days ago. My aunties have just had a great game of bowling (embarrassingly beating my best scores :(). And my other half has a great time with it too.
Great for coming home from the office to do something active in the comfort of my own home. Fine, at the moment theres no "hardcore" games, but there's a lot of fun ones :D.
Also probably in the licence,
most likely you are not allowed to use Kinect in a situation where if it goes wrong somebody gets hurt. Air traffic control or nuclear power plants might be mentioned.
Nah, it's just some Uni prost grad project where they are supposed to come up with something that could have a commercial edge to it.
Kinect is easy to do this with because they can take practically ANY existing system, take the mouse away and bolt together a Kinect based interface based on gestures.
You'll see a lot more of this "revolutionary" crap before the fad ends.