Technology, animated medical images and the Kinect system are part of the creative experiment carried out at the Museum of Arts and crafts in Paris by the researcher Xavier Maître with Digital Mirror, reflecting inside the body of the visitors, whose bodies are in motion in real time, what has not left anyone indifferent.
The reflection that we get to see us in a mirror creates all kinds of reactions; If instead of our image what we see is the inside of our body, as if of a x-ray of bones, organs,... in movement is were, the response is more than surprising.
This has been the aim of the experiment carried out by Xavier Maître, researcher of medical imaging at the University of Paris South, with Digital Mirror at the Musée des Arts et Métiers de Paris (Museum of Arts and crafts); a digital mirror that reflected inside the body of the visitors, who were shocked to be reflected in such a way. Although the goal was not so much surprised as showing medical images naturally and bring to the public this reality.
To achieve this technological effect and digital simulation system has been used Microsoft Kinect vertical digital displays of 65 '', built-in cameras to detect the position of the body and project animated x-rays stored in a data base about this digital mirror that follow in real time the movements of the visitors.
Previously, and with the consent of anonymous people, for this experiment had been made a good number of images and medical scanners, PET, X-ray and MRI, to create a database of images in high resolution from the interior of the human body, including bones and organs, according to the information provided by New Scientist (video enclosed).
Digital Mirror uses an algorithm and proprietary software developed by researchers from this University to identify the gender and show the inside of the body, male or female. These animated medical images using graphics processing cards to follow in real time the movement of the body of the visitors, who shows up to twenty-four different joints, including knees, elbows, wrists.
The reactions of visitors to Digital Mirror have been useful for investigating Maître, told New Scientist, which aims to emotionally prepare patients before surgery and help them better understand their ailments not to a static image but picturing in his own body.
Digital Mirror has recently presented at the conference on human-computer interaction, held late last April in Toronto (Canada), with great success and with the foresight to go beyond the actual perception of the human body with visualization dynamics of heart and lungs in real time.
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