First augmented reality surgery completed by Johns Hopkins neurosurgeons

Augmented reality surgery - surgeons - operating room

The surgeons successfully conducted a spinal fusion procedure using AR guidance equipment. Johns Hopkins in Baltimore was home to a first of its kind augmented reality surgery conducted on a living patient in the United States. Dr. Timothy Witham, Dr. Daniel Sciubba, and Dr. Camilo Molina used AR technology guidance to place six screws into the patient’s spine. The purpose of the procedure was to help relieve chronic pain suffered by the patient. The augmented reality surgery technology involved the use of a headset with a see-through visual display. That…

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German town creates VR tourist experience to keep visitors wanting more

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Herrenberg is working with technology to prop up its struggling tourism industry during the pandemic. The German town of Herreberg has designed a unique VR tourist experience to allow people from around the world to explore its beautiful sites and attractions. It created a virtual reality experience with the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS). A VR tourist will soon be able to travel throughout the town’s scenic and signature cross-timbered houses as well as its historic churches, among other sites. This is because a virtual digital twin of Herrenberg has…

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New device provides simulated sensation of solid objects in virtual reality systems

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The gadget attaches strings to the hands and fingers to provide a user with haptic feedback. The current virtual reality systems are able to provide impressive and immersive experiences in terms of what you can see and often what is heard as well. However, there is rarely much more than that. That said, a new device has made it possible for users to feel simulated solid objects with their fingers. A new device makes it possible to give virtual reality systems users the ability to feel essentially anything, from walls…

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Virtual reality provides pilgrims with options as Jerusalem quarantines

Virtual Reality Travel - Jerusalem

Since the holy city is in lockdown, many people have turned to technology over religious holidays. With Jerusalem locked down, many people around the world have turned to virtual reality travel as a way to visit the city during holy days occurring during the coronavirus pandemic. This would typically be an exceptionally busy time for the city as many holidays have aligned. This year marks the first since 1992 that Passover, Easter and Ramadan have all occurred in the same month. It was expected to be a time that would…

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eSight wearable technology to aid blind veterans in seeing

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This new tech was created to help improve the vision of veterans who are legally blind. eSight, a firm that designs and makes a type of high-tech wearable medical vision aid device is working with veterans who are blind or have low vision. Their goal is to help those individuals to regain their independence through improvements in their sight. Approximately 130,000 veterans in the United States are legally blind and over 1 million have low vision. Blindness and low vision lead to decreased ability and independence when going about necessary activities every…

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