The Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, is being used in combination with cameras attached to surgeons in order to show medical students what surgery looks like from a firsthand perspective.
A team of french surgeons has tapped the Oculus Rift to help teach med students about surgery.
The idea is novel and the results are quite amazing, but the process is relatively straightforward.
One surgeon wears a camera on his head while performing the surgery and then the video is later viewed on the Oculus Rift device. In this way, the med students are able to see a surgery performed from a perspective as close to the real thing as possible.
Only time will tell whether this type of educational technique will catch on elsewhere, but this move is nonetheless a small step in the right direction for anyone hoping to see the Oculus embraced by other areas beyond gaming (its original purpose).
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