Microsoft, Philips to launch augmented reality for minimally invasive surgery: 5 notes

Microsoft and Philips developed an augmented reality platform for image-guided minimally invasive surgeries.

Five things to know:

1. Microsoft released details on the HoloLens 2, an upgraded version of its mixed-reality headset, at an event in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 24, CNBC reports. The device features augmented reality capabilities as well as real-time eye tracking and translucent holographic lenses, which allow the wearer to see what they would normally see.

2. Built for HoloLens 2, the Microsoft and Philips augmented reality concept brings live imaging and other sources of data a 3D holographic environment under the physician's control.

3. Partnering with Microsoft allows Philips to expand its Azurion image-guided therapy platform to provide physicians with a tailored, augmented reality environment, Atul Gupta, MD, CMO for Philips' image guided therapy, said in a news release.

"This concept allows me to see the real world superimposed with the live data and 3D medical imagery needed to guide our precision therapy, and importantly also lets me control Azurion with voice recognition, eye tracking and advanced gestures," Dr. Gupta said. "It's all about keeping our focus on the patient."

4. Aimed to allow hands-free interaction with 3D digital objects, HoloLens 2 features built-in artificial intelligence and Microsoft Azure cloud services.

5. Other healthcare technology companies that have integrated Microsoft's previous version of HoloLens into their platforms include Novarad's augmented reality system and Exelus' telemedicine application.

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