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Future surgeons may use robotic nurse, 'gesture recognition'

February 4, 2011 | Kendal Kirby
future_surgeons_may_use_robotic_nurse.jpgBy the Editor via Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence

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.

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