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 They show in motion in real time, what has not left anyone indifferent.

Digital Mirror

The reflection that we get to see us in a mirror creates all kinds of reactions; If instead of our image we see is the inside of our body, like an x-ray of bones, organs,... in move were, the answer 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.

Digital MirrorTo 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 a number of images and medical scanners, PET, X-ray and MRI, had been made to create a database of images in high resolution from the inside of the body human, including bones and organs, according to the information provided by New Scientist (video enclosed).

Digital MirrorDigital 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 the investigation of Maître, in statements to New Scientist, which aims to prepare emotionally to patients before surgery and help them better understand their medical conditions do not to a static image but displaying it in his own body.

Digital Mirror has recently presented at the Conference on human-computer interaction, at the end of last April in Toronto (Canada), with great success and with the forecast of going beyond the actual perception of the human body with the dynamic visualization of the heart and lungs in real time.


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By • 6 May, 2014
• Section: Study cases, Display, Health, Simulation