Makerbot has showed off its new 3D scanner prototype last week, but since 2011 Microsoft has been experiementing Kinect Fusion, the newest Kinect application programming interface (API), which allows you to use Microsoft's motion sensing device Kinect to scan objects and environments in a full 3D model. Now a hacked Kinect could have more serious uses by helping brain surgeons visualize 3D brain scans.
Kinect Fusion could quickly create highly detailed 3D models by taking depth data captured by the Kinect for Windows sensor. At Microsoft's annual TechFest on Tuesday engineers at Microsoft (Redmond, Washington) demonstrated the capabilities of the Kinect Fusion. Using a touch screen tablet, some duct tape, and Kinect Fusion, the team showed an impressive looking demo of building a 3D model of a brain based on a brain scan.
The team scanned the patient's skull in 3D and then combines that info with the patient's two-dimensional MRI brain scans. Those combined images allows surgeons to "see" a true 3D model of a patient's brain in the operating room.
The team hopes this could help doctors to see clearly the skeleton, brain, blood vessels, and locate tumor more correctly before the operation.
Kinect Fusion will be implemented in a future update to the Kinect for Windows SDK.
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