Dec 222010

The hands-free interface developed by the Virtopsy research project to review medical images using Microsoft's Kinect

The development of open source drivers for Microsoft’s Kinect motion-controller is already opening up new (if not entirely unpredictable) applications for the device.

This example, developed by members of the Virtopsy research project at the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Bern in Switzerland, is a functional prototype using Kinect that provides users with a hands-free way to review radiological images.

With software based on ofxKinect, libfreenect and open frameworks, the prototype uses a mix of voice control via a wireless headset and gesture control via the Kinect’s 3D video camera to control OsiriX, an image processing application specially designed for navigation and visualization of medical images. The user can switch modes using voice commands and then navigate the images – zooming in or out and moving the view through a 3D image – using one or two-handed gestures.

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