HPS streams the first operation worldwide combining Google Glass and Oculus Rift

HPS streams the first operation worldwide combining Google Glass and Oculus Rift




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This friday, 11th July, at 10:00 (UTC/GMT),  the Hospital Perpetuo Socorro (HPS) in collaboration with University of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (ULPGC) marks a medical world milestone with the broadcast of the first surgical operation to utilise Google Glass combined with the virtual reality headset from Oculus Rift, thanks to the system created by the developer team at Droiders.

Details of the the operation

The surgery comprises a knee arthroscopy operated by doctor Gerardo Garcés, the prestigious trauma surgeon from the Canary Islands and professor from  ULPGC whom, wearing Google Glass, will simultaneously hold a master class during the operation via a streaming system, allowing thus anyone to point of view witness the event from anywhere in the world.

Meanwhile, the patient will be wearing the virtual reality headset from Oculus Rift that will allow themself to be isolated from the immediate hospital environment and the stress that accompanies a surgical operation, and be immersed in a virtual world of soothing sounds and images.

The patient benefits of Oculus Rift

Initial tests held with this innovative device have proven to decrease patient heart rate and arterial blood pressure during the virtual experience and confirms the anxiety reduction relaxing effect in a hospital environment.

Please refer to the full official image gallery and video of the event.

More information will follow on the Droiders blog about this exclusive event that combines Google Glass and Oculus Rift for patient healthcare.