Over the years, the advancement of technologies has brought about numerous solutions in the healthcare industry through the introduction of various of innovations of new technologies and devices. Nowadays, the application of spatial computing is becoming essential in the healthcare sector especially in hospitals as it shows high potential in promoting better medical practices and services. What are the contribution of spatial computing in healthcare?
At its core, spatial computing represents the integration between traditional computing with 3D location, giving it the ability to provide virtual outputs and display them above the real environment. In healthcare, spatial computing not only brings medical research and virtual assistant roles to a new level but also helps in preventing the spreading of Covid-19.
Spatial computing in medical research
Continuous medical research aims to find better treatment or prevention for diseases. Spatial computing allows researchers to view and better understand the subject of their studies through 3D environment. For example, the study of 3D tumours inside a virtual reality (VR) program by Cancer Research UK.
Spatial computing and virtual assistant
One of the most beneficial virtual assistant powered by spatial computing is called NuEyes. NuEyes is an AR glasses that functions to provide visual prosthetic to individuals with severe vision disability. Equipped with camera, the AR glasses projected the image of the real world to the user with a better focus.
Spatial computing against Covid-19 Pandemic
Covid-19 pandemic had changed the way we are living in the world today. In order to prevent the spreading of Covid-19, we ought to practice social distancing as much as possible. However, certain medical procedures such as medical imaging requires physical meeting which may lead to the spreading of the disease. The application of spatial computing such as ProjectDR promotes social distancing by allowing medical images like MRI and CT Scan data to be displayed directly on the patient’s body thus providing live feedback to the physician.
Until now, the contribution of spatial computing in healthcare is still new to the sector. However, let’s look out for its contribution, not only in healthcare but also other industries since it is believed to bring more promising results in the future as the technology advances.
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