Doctors Test Newly Invented Gestural Interface During Brain Surgery
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 17 June 2008 12:34

The new and growing field of gestural computing got a serious field test during brain surgery
Jason Mick (Blog) - June 17, 2008 1:29 PM

Gestural interfaces are a hot new field of computing. Microsoft announced that its upcoming OS -- Windows 7 -- will rely heavily on gestures and touch. In a most basic sense, a gestural interface is controlled by movements of the hands or arms, allowing users to gesture to literally scroll around images on screen. Sometimes this is coupled with touch in devices such as the iPhone, where a pinching gesture can shrink or expand items.

Continuing the progress in the field of gestural computing, researchers at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) developed a new gestural computer system specially designed for medical use. In the past, doctors used touch screens or mice to navigate about images during surgeries. However, by touching the screen, they risk compromising sterility and introducing infection into the surgery site.

The new system is purely gestural and requires no touch. It allows doctors to scroll around images by moving their hands in front of the screen...   [Dailytech...]   [Comments....]


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