Our picks of the best Black Friday deals

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Doctors use Kinect in keyhole surgery

Anyone for a game of Operation?

London doctors are using Kinect during keyhole surgery.

Computers equipped with Microsoft's motion-sensing technology allow surgeons to manipulate nearby screens via voice and hand-gestures.

The technology could become widespread over the next 10-15 years, BBC News reported.

The existing technology can be used to remotely pan and zoom around 3D images of a patient.

There's no risk of contamination from using a keyboard and mouse, or need to rely on others to operate the computer instead, surgeon Tom Carrell explained.

"Until recently I was shouting out across the operating theatre to tell someone to go up, down, left, right," said Carrell, a resident at London's St Thomas' hospital.

"But with the Kinect I'm able to get the position that I want quickly - and also without me having to handle non-sterile things like a keyboard or mouse during the procedure."

The Kinect-based technology has been refined by Microsoft Research and Lancaster University.

From Assassin's Creed to Zoo Tycoon, we welcome all gamers

Eurogamer welcomes videogamers of all types, so sign in and join our community!

In this article
Follow a topic and we'll email you when we write an article about it.


Xbox 360

Related topics
About the Author
Tom Phillips avatar

Tom Phillips


Tom is Eurogamer's Editor-in-Chief. He writes lots of news, some of the puns and makes sure we put the accent on Pokémon. Tom joined Eurogamer in 2010 following a stint running a Nintendo fansite, and still owns two GameCubes. He also still plays Pokémon Go every day.