Future surgeons may use robotic nurse ‘gesture recognition’

If this new system of gesture recognition becomes mainstream it could improve the speed of the process and reduce the possibilty of missunderstandings during operations – Deskarati

Surgeons of the future might use a system that recognizes hand gestures as commands to control a robotic scrub nurse or tell a computer to display medical images of the patient during an operation.

Both the hand-gesture recognition and robotic nurse innovations might help to reduce the length of surgeries and the potential for infection, said Juan Pablo Wachs, an assistant professor of industrial engineering at Purdue University. The “vision-based hand gesture recognition” technology could have other applications, including the coordination of emergency response activities during disasters.

“It’s a concept Tom Cruise demonstrated vividly in the film ‘Minority Report,'” Wachs said.

Surgeons routinely need to review medical images and records during surgery, but stepping away from the operating table and touching a keyboard and mouse can delay the surgery and increase the risk of spreading infection-causing bacteria. The new approach is a system that uses a camera and specialized algorithms to recognize hand gestures as commands to instruct a computer or robot.

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