Virtual Reality Sidelines Guess Work on Injury Assessment
When a player is hurt on the field, the team’s doctors and coaches have little science to go on. But that could all change, thanks to an innovative start up in Virginia – Abantech and its Vital Visuals project.
The Vital Visuals project, winner of New Wave’s 2017 Code-A-thon for Augmented Reality technology development in Healthcare, integrates the capabilities of existing systems and products – in this case, Kinect and HoloLens.
Sports medicine, physical therapy and prosthetic medicine are the big winners in this smart new solution delivering real time results:
Full Body Check of Patients Major Joints
Biometric Physiology Scan
Dynamic patient distance measuring
“If this capability could be incorporated to work with Microsoft’s new HoloLens Viewer,” said Greg Melencio, CEO of Abantech, “any locker room could be elevated to a digital medical imaging center.
Though the project was conceived using a sports medicine construct, Abantech’s solution is aimed at any physician or facility that needs immediate real-time assessment of the extent of a patient’s injury.
By overlaying the patient’s skeletal structure on a VR representation of the injured individual, physicians can “see” the extent of damage from the injury, instead of solely relying on the patient’s verbal cues.
Developed over a 24 hour period, Abantech’s solution delivers more than a proof of concept. The company demonstrates the crossover capabilities of VR technologies to provide solutions to numerous industries including health care. The Vital Visuals project blew away the competition, offering the most creative VR solution to an existing real-world problem.
As a company, Abantech is focused on business-smart integration technology, offering a patented middleware application called Efficio. Efficio serves as a conduit between NUI interfaces that normally cannot interact with one another. Efficio also allows users to skip 2D modeling and rendering , and work directly in 3D.
Efficio’s flexibility and versatility is key to the potential for problem solving in any number of industries. Efficio is cost effective as well, following a model that allows companies to retain, rather than replace, existing IT assets.
Kinect is motion sensor technology, a Natural User Interface (NUI) originally developed for Xbox. Kinect eliminates the need for an intermediary device, such as a controller. It responds to voice commands and uses facial recognition software.
Microsoft HoloLens is the first fully untethered, self-contained, holographic computer. It projects holographic images into a real world environment, without limiting peripheral vision.