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Doctors use virtual reality imaging to treat blocked coronary artery. WARSAW, Poland, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Doctors in Poland used a virtual reality system combining a custom mobile application and Google Glass to clear a blocked coronary artery, one of the first uses of the technology to assist with surgery.

Doctors use virtual reality imaging to treat blocked coronary artery

The imaging system was used with a patient who had chronic total occlusion, a complete blockage of the artery, which doctors said is difficult to clear using standard catheter-based percutaneous coronary intervention, or PCI. The system provides three-dimensional reconstructions of the artery and includes a hands-free voice recognition system allowing for zoom and changes of the images. The head-mounted display system allows doctors to capture images and video while also interacting with the environment around them. In patients with chronic total occlusion, the standard procedure is not always successful, at least partially because of difficulty visualizing the blockage with conventional coronary tomography angiography, or CTA, imaging.

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Meta grabs $23M to keep riding the wave of augmented reality excitement (thanks, Microsoft)

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Windows Holographic

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From Microsoft, a Rig That Turns Your Whole Living Room Into a Videogame

Microsoft Research The promise of virtual reality is being able to leave the ordinary behind and travel to fantastic new worlds. Some researchers at Microsoft are taking the opposite approach: They want to bring the fantasy to your living room. The new project, RoomAlive, uses projectors and Kinect cameras to turn your den into an interactive gaming environment. Your floor becomes staging grounds for robot battle. The project builds on a previous Microsoft effort called IllumiRoom, which used projection mapping to let games seep out beyond TV sets onto the walls behind them. The RoomAlive rig took four months to create. The most challenging aspect of RoomAlive, however, was figuring out how to design for it.

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Open Glass Overlays Digital Information on the Real World With Google Glass

True augmented reality would take in your view and attach applicable information to any object you see, maybe the name of the person you’re currently talking to and a few key points from their Facebook bio. Or the prices of the pastries you’re perusing at the local café. Think Terminator or Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit. As you might expect, augmented reality is a tough nut to crack.

It requires a rich database of location specific information and software trained to recognize scenes from images or streaming video and capable of sending that information back to the user—all this so fast the user notices minimal lag. While Google Glass doesn’t come stock with augmented reality, Brandyn White and Andrew Miller’s Open Glass have a rudimentary prototype. Now, a casual user happens upon the same scene and is curious about what’s in front of him. Trying out Meta's augmented reality glasses. GravitySketch Tablet Is a Portable 3D Augmented Reality Sketchpad For Designers. There’s an imposing wall dividing real world creation and digital design.

GravitySketch Tablet Is a Portable 3D Augmented Reality Sketchpad For Designers

To transfer a paper design to a computer, you need training and experience in technically demanding computer assisted design (CAD) programs. Instead, imagine if we could mold digital designs in three dimensions as easily as we mold clay. Intuitive, powerful, and immersive interfaces would open the field to more people and inject more serendipity and improvisation into digital design. We may be entering a new era of computer interfaces where standard two-dimensional screen, keyboard, and mouse are enhanced by more instinctive 3D modes of interaction—modes that more closely mimic real world design methods. In sci-fi, 3D interfaces tend to be holographic.

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