4. Pokémon Go, make way for something useful

Kidding, we here at InsightCity love a good 90s throwback in augmented reality, but why stop there? Phillips certainly didn’t when it recently announced development of the industry-first augmented reality surgical device for spinal operations. This “hybrid operating room” technology combines x-ray images with external shots of the patient’s body to create 3D constructions of the internal and external operating site. Open-spinal surgery traditionally requires deep incisions with a lot of poking and prodding of the exposed spinal column (so lovely). Recent technologies have given us minimally-invasive procedures that reduce cuts, but also reduce visibility. Cue AR, giving the visibility and accuracy of open-surgery without the blood loss, long recovery times or post-op pain. So, cheers! To a better reality.

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