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Docs use Kinect to speed up surgery

Justin McElroy

In the best Kinect application since the device turned a dude into Ultraman, doctors in Toronto are using Microsoft's camera tech to speed up surgery, reports The Canadian Press. Surgeons at Sunnybrook Hospital have been using a special Kinect software suite to manipulate images via hand motions, which saves them from having to leave the sterile area around the patient. (Having to re-sterilize mid-surgery can take as long as 20 minutes, so the Kinect "hack" adds up to pretty significant time savings.)

It's a neat development, but we imagine at least one doctor's bound to speak up, "Sure, this is pretty slick, but there's no way I'm gonna move my coffee table out of the OR every time I want to use the Kinect."

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